Philippines morning news for December 5

Philippines morning news for December 5

Philippines morning news

‘Tisoy’ kills 17, blows out
TYPHOON “Tisoy” (international name: “Kammuri”) left 17 people dead as it lost steam and weakened into a severe tropical storm on Wednesday.
— Manila Times

Q4 GDP seen hitting 6.6%
THE Philippine economy likely grew faster in the fourth quarter of the year on the back of the latest positive developments, an ING Bank economist said.
— Manila Times

Greenpeace urges Duterte to declare climate emergency after Tisoy
Environmental group Greenpeace Philippines urged President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday to declare a climate emergency after several Filipinos were forced to flee from their homes due to Typhoon Tisoy.
— GMA Network

PH breaches 50-gold mark as weightlifting, obstacle, shooting deliver
The Philippines’ constant source of gold medals the last three days seemed to have undergone a drought Wednesday when production came from Metro Manila as competitions near the halfway mark in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
— Tempo

Philippines ranks among lowest in reading, math, and science in 2018 study
The Philippines ranked in the low 70s in the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a student assessment of 15-year-old learners across 79 countries done by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
— Rappler

439 fire incidents in Davao City this year- BFP
A total of 439 fire incidents have been recorded by the Bureau of Fire Protection in Davao City from January to November 2019, according to Fire Inspector Ramil Gillado, operations head of the BFP in the city.
— Philippine Information Agency

BoI investments top P1 trillion as of Oct.
THE BOARD of Investments (BoI) has breached its P1-trillion 2019 investment target as of October, ranking Trade department (DTI) officials announced on Wednesday.
— BusinessWorld

PHL lags in global education survey
FILIPINO STUDENTS fared poorly in a survey that ranks 79 participating economies according to their performance in reading, science and math.
— BusinessWorld

Chinese involvement in grid operator pure business: NGCP
It’s just about investments. This was the explanation of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) president and chief executive officer (CEO) Anthony Almeda regarding the involvement of Chinese investors in the country’s grid operator.
— Philippine News Agency

200 families lose homes in Pasig fire
At least 200 families were left homeless when a fire broke out at a residential area in Barangay Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

BIR eases requirements for public infrastructure contracts
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has simplified the requirements for contractors of public infrastructure projects, in another effort to improve the ease of doing business in the country and to expedite the disbursement of funds.
— The Philippine Star

Hundreds of foreigners working sans permit face deportation–DOLE exec
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said on Tuesday it would likely recommend the deportation of some 126 foreign nationals (FN) found working in the country without any permit.
— Business Mirror

Regulators seek tougher anti-money laundering laws
Financial regulators are pushing for legal changes in order to avoid the Philippines being placed on a global monitoring list for countries with weak anti-money laundering and terrorism financing controls.
— Manila Bulletin

Philippines secures P1 trillion insurance cover vs calamities
In another move to ensure the government’s financial protection against natural disasters, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) has secured a P1 trillion indemnity insurance policy to provide coverage for public assets in times of calamities.
— The Philippine Star

Areas under state of calamity due to Typhoon Tisoy
ome areas declared a state of calamity following the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri), which made landfall in the country 4 times. Bicol was the hardest-hit region.
— Rappler

DND dismisses threat posed by Chinese aerostat in Mischief Reef
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday said the aerostat allegedly put up by China in the Mischief Reef in the West Philippine Sea was not a big concern for the Philippines.
— GMA Network

Duterte orders crafting of new water concession agreements
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the justice department and Office of the Solicitor General to craft new water concession agreements more favorable to the public compared to the current deals with Manila Water and Maynilad Water Services.
— Rappler

Journalist dies a month after Sultan Kudarat attack
Radio manager Benjie Caballero died on Monday, December 2, after sustaining injuries from a shooting in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat, last October 30.
— Rappler

ABS-CBN stocks fall after Duterte’s threats of not renewing franchise
Shares of media giant ABS-CBN fell by 2.6% on Wednesday, December 4, a day after President Rodrigo Duterte again lashed out at the network and threatened not to renew its franchise.
— Rappler

DND, DOE to look into China’s alleged capacity to shut down PHL grid
The Department of National Defense (DND) and the Department of Energy (DOE) will work together to assess if China has the power to shut down the country’s power transmission grid, DND chief Delfin Lorenzana said on Wednesday.
— GMA Network

House aims to ratify 2020 national budget bill by Monday next week –Salceda
The House of Representatives aims to ratify the bicameral conference committee version of the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget bill by Monday next week, according to House Committee on Ways and Means chair Joey Salceda.
— GMA Network

PH, Japan meet on infra projects
The Philippines and Japan are set to meet this week to discuss the progress of the Duterte administration’s big-ticket infrastructure projects that are being implemented with funding support from Tokyo.
— Manila Bulletin

NEDA okays ₱3.8-B O&M proposal for Panglao Airport
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board last Friday (November 29, 2019) approved the Aboitiz Group’s ₱3.8-billion unsolicited proposal for the operations and maintenance (O&M) of Bohol-Panglao International Airport (BPIA) after the proponent made the required revisions.
— Manila Bulletin

D.T.I. still hopes to get Thailand to heed W.T.O. ruling on cigarettes
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Wednesday announced it will be making a last-ditch effort this month to persuade Thailand, to recognize the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling invalidating Thai customs and fiscal measures on cigarettes from
— Business Mirror

Bill lowering retirement age in government to 56 gets House 2nd-reading okay
The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved on second reading a measure lowering the optional retirement age of government employees from 60 to 56.
— Business Mirror

DPWH, Jica start work on detailed design study of Bangsamoro road project
TOKYO has stepped up its investment in efforts to promote sustainable peace and development in the Bangsamoro Region by improving the national road network that supports the foundation of people’s lives.
— Business Mirror

Davao SP passes resolution on suspension of PTCFOR
The 19th City Council unanimously approved a resolution asking the Philippine National Police Acting Director General to continue to suspend the Permit-To-Carry-Firearms-Outside-Residence (PTCFOR) for one year in the area jurisdiction of the city, with the impending lifting of the Martial Law by December 31, 2019.
— Philippine Information Agency

Davao City Anti-Drug Abuse Council launches Arabic education modules
The City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC), in partnership with the different Madrasas in Davao City has launched Arabic education modules that highlight the ill-effects of illegal-drug use and how rehabilitation and abstinence can greatly contribute to the development of communities.
— Philippine Information Agency

House panel starts tackling bills regulating vaping
After President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the ban on vaping in public places, the House of Representatives has started to tackle bills regulating electronic cigarettes and other similar devices in a joint meeting of the health and trade and industry commitees.
— Manila Times

PCOO’s media literacy reforms to promote ‘transparent’ gov’t
The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is pushing for media literacy initiatives to make the Duterte government’s policies and programs more transparent to the public.
— Philippine News Agency

Non-stop rains submerge bridges in Cagayan Valley
Night-long torrential rains and 200-cubic-meter-per-second water releases from Magat Dam submerged eight overflow bridges in Isabela and another eight in Cagayan, both in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Albay, Sorsogon, Naga City now under state of calamity
Two provinces and a city in Bicol Region were placed under state of calamity on Wednesday after suffering the brunt of Typhoon Tisoy.The storm made landfall in Gubat, Sorsogon on Monday night, causing widespread devastation not only in Bicol, but also in nearby Quezon province.
— Philippine News Agency

350 pregnant women join ‘Buntis Congress’ in Nueva Ecija
Some mothers give their six-month old babies commercial baby food because they are apprehensive about giving them sweet potato as supplemental food for fear it would cause gas pain.
— Philippine News Agency

Free medical, dental services to employees
Dear PAO, My family is in the process of starting our own outsourcing company. We have already finalized the compensation packages of our 350 employees and we are planning to start our operations early next year.
— Manila Times

Netizen nabbed over fake post on ‘van-riding kidnappers’
A male minor who was arrested Tuesday for posting fake stories on abductions allegedly done by men on board a white van is now facing charges for violating the anti-cybercrime law.
— Philippine News Agency

Banana exports Davao up in first half of 2019
Banana exports from the Davao Region have significantly increased in the first half of 2019, as compared to the same period in 2018.
— Fresh Plaza

Watch: Various citizens of ASEAN countries commend “magnificent” SEAGames opener at PHL Arena
Several citizens of Southeast Asian countries express their positive views about the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, including the opening ceremonies at the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena.
— Eagle News

Onerous water contracts ‘bleeding our country dry’: Palace
The onerous water concession agreements between the government and water concessionaires Manila Water Co. and Maynilad Water Services Inc. are “bleeding our country dry”, Malacañang said on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

House won’t tackle ABS-CBN franchise renewal bill in 2019 anymore
A day after President Rodrigo Duterte’s fresh tirades against ABS-CBN Corporation, the House of Representatives will continue to sit on the bills seeking to renew the franchise given to the media network.
— Rappler

Manila Water seeks middle ground on P7.4-billion arbitral ruling
Manila Water said it is willing to come up with a mutually acceptable deal with the government in implementing the arbitration ruling which compels the latter to pay the company P7.4 billion .
— Rappler

Duterte welcomes new Chinese envoy, 5 others
President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the new Chinese ambassador to the Philippines, as well as the five other envoys from other countries, at Malacañan Palace on Wednesday night.
— Philippine News Agency

MMDRRMC records zero casualties in NCR for Tisoy
Pre-emptive evacuations and preparations of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Council (MDRRMC) have paid off as local government units reported zero casualties in the National Capital Region despite strong winds and heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Tisoy last December 3, 2019.
— Philippine Information Agency

Flooding hampering transmission line restoration in Bicol
Flooding caused by Typhoon “Tisoy” (Kammuri) made it hard for personnel of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to immediately restore the initial 19 transmission line towers that were toppled and 12 other lines that remain de-energized.
— Philippine News Agency

Bacolod to align ASF pork ban policy with NegOcc strategy
The city government here is seeking to harmonize its policy on the African swine fever (ASF) ban on pork products with the strategy of Negros Occidental’s provincial government, which will enforce “The ASF Prevention Ordinance” starting December 9.
— Philippine News Agency

Broadcast of Maguindanao massacre ruling sought
SEVERAL media have asked the Supreme Court to allow the Dec.19 promulgation of the ruling in a decade-old massacre case to be broadcast live.
— BusinessWorld

11 face raps for transport of fossilized giant clams in CDO
Eleven individuals caught transporting fossilized giant clams or “taklobo” in Barangay Lumbia here are now facing administrative and criminal charges, a Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-10 (BFAR-10) official said Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

AFP lauds Gapay appointment as next Army chief
The entire Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) welcomed on Wednesday the installation of Lt. Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay as the 61st commander of the 97,000-strong Philippine Army (PA).
— Philippine News Agency

Advocates say ‘clean coal’ a false solution to Philippine climate crisis
As the world meets in Madrid, Spain for the 25th United Nations climate conference, Filipino advocates call for the phasing out of fossil fuels, especially coal, as a means to achieve national low-carbon development.
— Rappler

3.0-magnitude quake strikes off Batanes
A 3.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Batanes on Wednesday, Dec. 4. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, of tectonic origin, hit 44 kilometers northwest of Sabtang at 4:43 p.m.
— Eagle News

Lorenzana recommends lifting martial law in Mindanao
Two years and 7 months since martial law was declared over Mindanao, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said it was time for the region to “go back to normal” after the measure expires on December 31.
— Rappler

DPWH 6 ensures infra facilities are PWD-friendly
The regional office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Western Visayas is helping ensure that infrastructure facilities in the region are accessible, safe and convenient to Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
— Philippine Information Agency

PH reelected to IMO, vows to keep shipping ‘safe, secure, environment friendly’
THE Philippines had been reelected to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IOM) as it vowed to make shipping safe, secure, and environment friendly.
— Manila Times

EPD deletes its own Viber message about killing of man in Pasig
Six armed men, wearing black jackets, face masks and caps, barged into a house in Rodriguez Compound, Brgy. Rosario, Pasig City and shot to death a man Tuesday, December 3, according to a police report on a chat group that was later deleted.
— Rappler

2 Chinese nabbed for human trafficking at Clark Freeport
Two Chinese men were arrested by regional police operatives in an anti-human trafficking operation inside the Clark Freeport Zone here around midnight …
— Rappler

Missing Grade 10 student found dead
A 16-year-old Grade 10 student who was reported missing was found dead yesterday in an irrigation canal in Barangay Punong Grande here.
— Tempo

125 hired on-the-spot in Iloilo job fair
Around 125 Ilonggos secured jobs in the December job expo of the Iloilo Public Employment Services Office (PESO) in a hotel here on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

PNR extends line by adding five more train stations
THE Philippine National Railways (PNR) has extended its line from Manila to Laguna province by adding five more stations after Calamba City, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) said in a statement on Wednesday.
— BusinessWorld

Senate wants to review water utility contracts
THE Senate may review water concession agreements with utilities deemed onerous in the exercise of its oversight function, a senator said on Wednesday.
— BusinessWorld

BIR orders shops to post new receipt notices
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has ordered commercial establishments to adopt a new format of notice informing their customers about the shops’ duty to issue receipts.
— BusinessWorld

1.7K OFWs in Eastern Visayas avail OWWA cash rebate
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) has granted PHP1 million in cash rebates to 1,700 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Eastern Visayas (Region 8) in the past three months.
— Philippine News Agency

House body approves bill on cooperatives
A HOUSE committee yesterday approved a consolidated bill that seeks to make the position of a cooperative officer mandatory in municipal, city and provincial levels.
— BusinessWorld

Zambo City employees to get P25-K incentive each
The 2,183 city government employees are set to receive PHP25,000 each through the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA).
— Philippine News Agency

Robredo to visit, give aid to Typhoon Tisoy victims in Bicol
Vice President Leni Robredo is set to personally distribute donations to residents of Bicol who were affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri).
— Rappler

PHL’s poor ranking in reading comprehension shows need for K to 12 review –solon
The Philippines’ poor ranking in a global survey of 79 countries in reading literacy, mathematics and science only further warrants the need for an evaluation of the implementation of the K-12 program, a lawmaker said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

W. Visayas employers told to give bonus before Christmas
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 6 (Western Visayas) has reminded employers in the region to grant workers their 13th-month bonus.
— Philippine News Agency

Agusan Sur rice farmers get cash aid from DA
A total of 360 rice farmers from the town of Prosperidad in Agusan del Sur province received cash assistance in the form of a loan from the Department of Agriculture (DA) 13 (Caraga) and the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).
— Philippine News Agency

UCT eases TRAIN law impact on 400K families in Caraga
The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Caraga Region (DSWD-13) continues to implement the Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) to its beneficiaries under the Listahanan, Social Pension, and Pantawid Program.
— Philippine News Agency

Barangay, SK polls postponement may lead to ‘politicization’ –NAMFREL
The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) on Wednesday warned that the proposed postponement of the 2020 Barangay and Sangguinang Kabataan elections (BSKE) may lead to the politicization of the incumbent village and youth officials.
— GMA Network

DOST extends assistance to Southern Leyte MSMEs under SET-UP funded projects
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for this year 2019 has supported seven Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) by extending financial assistance under the small enterprise technology upgrading program (SET-UP).
— Philippine Information Agency

House passes bills declaring waling-waling, balangay as national symbols
The House of Representatives gave its nod to two bills that would declare two new national symbols in the Philippines: the waling-waling and the balangay.
— Rappler

Francisco Datol Jr returns as Senior Citizens congressman
After an internal party dispute, Francisco Datol Jr regained his seat as Senior Citizens congressman in the House of Representatives.
— Rappler

Duterte OKs service recognition incentive worth P10k for gov’t employees
The President said government employees deserve to be rewarded for their “collective and unceasing participation in and invaluable contribution to the administration’s continuing efforts toward the establishment of streamlined government processes and more responsive delivery of public services.”
— GMA Network

Angkas hopes for pilot run extension pending legalization
With its pilot run ending on December 26, Angkas hopes they can still continue to operate in the absence of a law allowing motorcycles for public transportation.
— Rappler

3 Cabinet members targets of CPP-NPA, says military official
THREE Cabinet members are the new targets of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), an Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) official said on Wednesday.
— Manila Times

Duterte appoints 17 new prosecutors
Justice Undersecretary Markk Perete said the president appointed four senior assistant city prosecutors, two deputy city prosecutors, five assistant city prosecutors, and six associate city or provincial prosecutors.
— GMA Network

Typhoon halts nearly half of SEA Games events, but not PH gold rush
Typhoon “Tisoy” (international name: Kammuri) not only pounded a huge part of central Philippines on Tuesday but also forced organizers of the 30th Southeast Asian Games to suspend almost half of the events scheduled for the day.

Philippines recognized as best SEA Games organizer by Sports Industry Awards Asia
The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHIGSOC) has been recognized as the best SEA Games organizers by the Sports Industry Awards Asia.
— FOX Sports


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