Philippines morning news for December 6

Philippines morning news for December 6

Philippines morning news

Foreign investment pledges jump four-fold in Q3 — PSA
Foreign investment pledges jumped four-fold to P182.4 billion in the third quarter of the year, driven by commitments in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

Inflation inches up to 1.3% in November 2019
Inflation or the rate of increase in the prices of goods bounced to 1.3% in November from the low 0.8% registered in October , the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Thursday, December 5.
— Rappler

Philippine man arrested for beheading woman and eating her brain: Reports
A man was reportedly arrested on Thursday (Dec 5) in the Misamis Oriental province of Northern Mindanao in the Philippines for beheading a woman and eating her brain.
— CNA

ICC dismisses PH communication vs Xi over South China Sea dispute
THE International Criminal Court (ICC) has dismissed the communication filed by former Philippine officials against Chinese President Xi Jinping and some of his men over alleged crimes committed against humanity involving the disputed South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).
— Manila Times

Cauldron of errors
The transport, accommodations, athletic facilities, press accreditation and food issues, among others that hounded the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games prior to its opening date, were real enough.
— BusinessWorld

ICC may finalize probe on Duterte by 2020
THE International Criminal Court (ICC) may wrap up by 2020 its preliminary investigation into the charge of crimes against humanity filed against President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Manila Times

Factory output down for 10th consecutive month
The value and the volume of the output of factories in the Philippines fell for the 10th consecutive month in October, according to the latest data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Thursday.
— Business Mirror

Mactan-Cebu Int’l Terminal 2 bests Jewel Changi, others to win world architecture award
The Mactan Cebu International Airport Terminal 2 recently won in the Completed Buildings-Transport category of the 2019 World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
— Manila Bulletin

Lawmakers to raise P10M for SEAG gold medalists
CONGRESSMEN will raise P10 million from their salaries next month to reward Filipino gold medalists at the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, according to a House of Representatives resolution filed yesterday.
— BusinessWorld

34 trafficking victims rescued at NAIA — Immigration bureau
Thirty-four women who were suspected of being illegally recruited to work in Saudi Arabia were rescued at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Nov. 30.
— Eagle News

Sandiganbayan orders Marcos ‘cronies’ to return ill-gotten wealth in Eastern Telecoms
The Sandiganbayan has ordered known associates of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos to return assets off their shares in Eastern Telecommunications to the Philippine government after these were found to part of Marcos’ ill-gotten wealth.
— GMA Network

Unemployment, underemployment dip to 14-year low in October 2019
Unemployment and underemployment in October 2019 are lowest since 2005 across all quarters, National Statistician Dennis Mapa said on Thursday, November 5.
— Rappler

Philippines ought to double down on Chinese market, say tourism experts
Instead of being complacent about the growth in inbound Chinese arrivals, industry stakeholders are urging the Philippine government to maintain the market’s upward trajectory by continuing its marketing and promotion efforts in China, while improving tourism infrastructure on the homefront.
— TTG Asia

PHL 2nd most affected by extreme weather events–global report
THE Philippines, still reeling from Typhoon Tisoy (international code name Kammuri) which claimed the lives of 17 people and destroyed more than P800 million worth of crops, has ranked second among countries most affected by extreme weather events in 2018, after Japan and before Germany, according to a global report.
— Business Mirror

Next president might come from Bicol, says Duterte; no, it’s not Leni
The country’s next president might come from the Bicol region, President Rodrigo Duterte said during his visit to Legazpi City, Albay Thursday.
— Manila Bulletin

Philippines aims to be among top 10 garments exporters by 2026
The Philippines is aiming to be among the top 10 exporters of garments in the world by 2026 to 2029 under the newly rolled out industry roadmap to revive the textile and garment industry.
— The Philippine Star

Lawmaker pushes passage of food-transparency measure
The chairman of the House Committee on Economic Affairs on Thursday urged the leadership of the lower chamber to act on a pending measure promoting transparency in food-related transactions.
— Business Mirror

DOF sets conditions for PPP projects
The Department of Finance (DOF) has set two conditions for the acceptance of public-private partnership (PPP) projects to avoid delays and to spare the government and the tax paying public from contingent liabilities.
— The Philippine Star

Labor market improves in October
Amid rosy economic outlook, the country’s labor market continues to thrive in October as employment level increased while unemployment rates dropped, the National Economic and Development Authority said.
— Manila Bulletin

Philippine durians captivate American taste buds
According to Davao Durian Council president Larry Miculob, Mindanao durians have started penetrating the US market, providing an economic opportunity for the growers of this fruit.
— Fresh Plaza

Philippines urged to ratify international treaty on mercury
The Philippines is urged to ratify an international treaty to allow the country to be free from mercury, a highly toxic substance that poses threats to the environment and human health.
— The Philippine Star

500,000 PH voters abroad deactivated — DFA
THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has deactivated 578,185 overseas voters for failing to participate in the 2016 and 2019 national and local elections.
— Manila Times

Output losses from typhoon reach almost P2B
PRODUCTION losses from Typhoon Kammuri, which battered several provinces south of the Manila early this week, have reached P1.93 billion, the Agriculture department said on Thursday.
— BusinessWorld

Palace says gov’t won’t pay Manila Water, Maynilad; concession pacts “onerous” in first place, it notes
President Rodrigo Duterte’s government will not pay Manila Water and Maynilad for losses the firms incurred due to the state’s refusal to increase water rates, despite an order from the Permanent Court of Arbitration in Singapore.
— Eagle News

FALSE: Duterte ‘built 200 international and domestic airports’
Claim: President Rodrigo Duterte built 200 international and domestic airports in the Philippines, a historic feat done by no other president before him, according to an article by website filipiknowtimes.com.
— Rappler

Duterte orders Bello to talk to Sison
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday tasked Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to fly to The Netherlands to talk with exiled communist leader Jose Maria Sison.
— GMA Network

Investigating the grid
It is a simple case to make. We are totally dependent on energy for our essential needs.
— BusinessWorld

Vaping linked to rare lung disease; doctors say patient uses e-cigarets
Doctors treating a patient with a rare lung disease usually caused by exposure to industrial metals say it may instead be the first case linked to vaping.
— Manilastandard.net

Neda: 3.4 million out-of-school, jobless youth need government help
OVER 3.4 million young Filipinos could face an uncertain future if they continue to stay out of school or remain unemployed, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
— Business Mirror

Poverty rate in 2015 higher at 23.5%–PSA
THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) released on Thursday its revised poverty estimates which indicated that the country’s poverty rate in 2015 was higher at 23.5 percent.
— Business Mirror

SWS: 70% of Pinoys worried about rising number of foreign Chinese workers in PHL
Seventy percent of Filipino adults are worried about the rising number of foreign Chinese workers in the country, according to the results of the Third Quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey (SWS).
— GMA Network

ICC prosecutor received claims of rape, abuses in Duterte’s war on drugs
The Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is looking to finish in 2020 its preliminary examination of the allegations against President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.
— GMA Network

House OKs free freight services for relief goods
The House of Representatives approved on third and final reading the “Relief Goods Free Transportation Act” right after the onslaught of Typhoon “Tisoy” in the country.
— Manila Times

Davao City reaches 102% polio vaccination rate
EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS. Dr. Julinda Acosta, Davao City Health Office (CHO) Technical Division chief (right), says they have achieved 102.65 percent polio vaccination rate covering children under 5-years-old and below during a press conference on Thursday (December 5).
— Philippine News Agency

International tourism groups call for lower C02 emissions
Global tourism organizations are calling for enhanced cooperation among stakeholders to combat climate change by decreasing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
— The Philippine Star

Work-for-pay program employs 100 seniors
Some 100 senior citizens living near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) were the latest batch to be enlisted in the work-for-pay program, a lawmaker said on Thursday.
— Business Mirror

Philippines needs to improve its education system
The research arm of Switzerland-based business school, the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) recently released the results of its survey on the talent competitiveness of 63 countries from around the world.
— The Asean Post

Duterte satisfied with gov’t response to ‘Tisoy’
President Duterte yesterday lauded government agencies for their response to the effects of typhoon “Tisoy.” Duterte made the statement as he led the situation briefing on the effects of the latest typhoon in Legazpi City, Albay.
— Tempo

Gov’t studying legal options on contracts with water utilities
THE government is studying its legal options over what it claims are onerous provisions in the contracts of two water utilities, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Thursday.
— BusinessWorld

Majority of Pinoys worry about increasing number of Sino workers in PH
Seven in 10 Filipinos are worried about the seemingly increasing number of foreign Chinese workers in the Philippines, a Social Weather Stations survey has found out.
— Tempo

Fish prices shoot up amid closed season; DA approves importations
PRICES of fish have gone up during the closed fishing season, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Thursday.
— BusinessWorld

Iloilo’s agri office intensifies ASF info campaign
Twenty-seven of the 43 local government units (LGUs) in Iloilo province have been visited by the Provincial Veterinary Office to conduct lectures regarding the African swine fever (ASF).
— Philippine News Agency

Metro Manila faces garbage crisis – DENR
Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu said that the country’s current garbage problem, especially in Metro Manila, has reached crisis level.
— Tempo

Tacloban eyes single-use plastic ban in 2020
The city government here has taken initial steps to regulate the generation of solid waste next year through the passage of an eco-friendly ordinance banning “single-use” plastic.
— Philippine News Agency

SC OKs transfer of Baldo trial to Manila
The Supreme Court has allowed the transfer from the Legazpi City Regional Trial Court to the Manila RTC of the criminal cases filed against former Daraga, Albay Mayor Carlwyn Baldo and several others for the deaths of Ako Bicol party-List Rep. Rodel Batocabe and his escort in 2018.
— Tempo

‘Tisoy’ leaves P900-M damage in 372 Bicol schools
The Department of Education (DepEd) Bicol Region Office on Thursday reported initial infrastructure damage of PHP900 million due to the onslaught of Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri).
— Philippine News Agency

Bicol traders told to comply with prize freeze
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Bicol on Thursday warned traders to avoid exploiting prices and comply with the price freeze implemented in the aftermath of Typhoon Tisoy.
— Philippine News Agency

Sen. Villar pushes for plastic waste management to counter wasteful ‘sachet economy’
Senator Cynthia Villar is calling for intensified plastic waste management in the country, saying many Filipinos continue to patronize products in sachet packaging.
— GMA Network

Groups call for action on climate change in Mindanao peace week
Representatives from the local sectors of the city voiced out their concern for society to brace for the effects of climate change and be prepared.
— Philippine Information Agency

DepEd vows ‘aggressive reforms’ after poor reading comprehension ranking
The Department of Education (DepEd) vowed aggressive reforms in key areas of the basic education system amid the Philippines’ poor showing in reading comprehension in a global survey Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
— GMA Network

SC revives graft case vs Lapid, others over alleged P728-million fertilizer fund scam
The Supreme Court second division has revived the graft case filed against now-Senator Lito Lapid over the so-called P728-million fertilizer scam when he was Pampanga provincial governor.
— Eagle News

DILG supports recommendation not to extend martial law in Mindanao
The Department of the Interior and Local Government is backing the recommendation not to extend martial law any further in Mindanao.
— Eagle News

Gov’t not keen on ‘compromise’ with Manila Water – DOJ
As President Rodrigo Duterte himself lashes out at water concessionaires, the Philippine government said it is not keen on striking a compromise with Manila Water which just won a P7.4-billion arbitration case.
— Rappler

RTCs can’t interfere with or restrain execution of Ombudsman decisions in disciplinary cases — SC
Regional trial courts cannot interfere with or restrain the execution of Ombudsman decisions in disciplinary cases.
— Eagle News

Iloilo City gets connectivity boost
The city government here sealed on Thursday a new partnership with Globe Telecom for the provision of free WiFi services in key areas early next year.
— Philippine News Agency

Negrenses assured of better PhilHealth benefits under UHC rates
The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has assured residents of Negros Occidental of improved and immediate eligibility to benefits under the new premium schedule for direct contributors as provided in the Universal Health Care (UHC) Law of 2019.
— Philippine News Agency

PSA taps agencies for national ID
THE Philippine Statistics Authority is on track to roll out the registration for the national identification system that is targeted to start by July.
— BusinessWorld

Iloilo boosts redeveloped capitol complex’ security
The Iloilo provincial government has stepped up security in the Iloilo provincial capitol complex as the redeveloped facade and the Christmas lights decoration attracted a big crowd during its unveiling on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Organic agri town says food sufficiency addresses conflict
The League of Organic Agriculture Municipalities, Cities, and Provinces of the Philippines (LOAMCP-PH) said the thrust on organic agriculture is synonymous with good governance and can be one way to address the insurgency problem in the country.
— Philippine News Agency

Clash leaves 1 NPA dead, firearms recovered in Agusan Norte
A rebel was killed during an armed confrontation between government troops and communist New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas on Wednesday morning in Las Nieves town, Agusan del Norte, an official said.
— Philippine News Agency

3 cops, militiaman hurt in Sulu ambush
Three police officers and a militiaman were wounded in an ambush staged by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits in the hinterlands of Sulu, officials said Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Pangilinan, Villanueva: Low PISA ranking stems from hunger, poor nutrition
The Philippines’ low ranking in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is rooted in hunger and poor nutrition among Filipino children, two senators said.
— GMA Network

ZAMBOECOZONE aims more investments to develop agri-fisheries
The Zamboanga City Special Economic Zone Authority (Zamboecozone) aims to gain more investment opportunities in Zamboanga City particularly among the agriculture and fisheries industry. …
— Philippine Information Agency

Student arrested in Cebu for posting viral kidnapping hoax
A 21-year-old student was arrested in Cebu City on Wednesday, December 4, for creating a post that went viral about men in a white van allegedly conducting kidnappings around Metro Cebu.
— Rappler

Hotel gives P10-M donation to Manila’s housing project
A local business establishment has made a P10-million donation to the City of Manila to help fund the debt-ridden city’s social programs.
— Rappler

McDonald’s PH Will Hire More Senior Citizens and PWD’s Across NCR
McDonald’s PH Will Hire More Senior Citizens and PWD’s Across NCR McDonald’s PH reinforces its commitPHment to being a responsible employer, they will hire more senior citizens and persons with disabilities across NCR.
— Philippine News

Lanao del Sur gov’t urges Duterte to reconsider new military camp in Marawi
The Lanao del Sur provincial government has asked President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider plans to set up another military camp in Marawi City.
— Rappler

DOH reminds public: Skip firecrackers this New Year’s eve
The Department of Health (DOH) reminded the public, especially young kids, to celebrate New Year’s Eve without using firecrackers in th agency’s bid to keep the number firecracker-related injuries and accidents at zero.
— Rappler

 

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