Philippines morning news for January 1

Philippines morning news for January 1

Philippines morning newsDuterte gov’t tally: ‘Drug war’ deaths breach 5,000-mark before 2019
Just before 2018 came to a close, President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs launched on July 1, 2016 has tallied over 5,000 persons killed, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
— Rappler

Palace touts Duterte accomplishments in 2018 yearend report
Malacañang on Monday released its own yearend report touting what it says are key accomplishments by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration in 2018.
— ABS-CBN News

Usman death toll climbs to 68; 19 missing
THE death toll from Tropical Depression Usman has risen to 68 as disaster and rescue personnel continue to assist victims affected by flooding and landslides, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported on Monday.
— Business Mirror

Davao Region on track for P15-B investments
Davao Region is on track to corner at least PHP15 billion in investments in 2018 despite martial law jitters, an official of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said.
— Philippine News Agency 

Govt expected to hit infra spending target
Government infrastructure spending will likely hit the 2018 target, First Metro Investment Corp. (FMIC) and the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) said in a joint report, citing the torrid pace seen so far for the year.
— The Manila Times

More provinces placed under state of calamity due to wrath of ‘Usman’
More areas are reeling from the aftermath of Usman, previously classified as a tropical depression.
— CNN Philippines

More than 3,500 foreigners barred from entering the Philippines in 2018
Immigration chiefs have said that more than 3,500 foreign visitors to the Philippines were barred from entering the country in 2018.
— Philippines Lifestyle

Government agencies plan to roll out broadband plan in Baguio City
The National Transmission Corp., Department of Information and Communications Technology and Benguet Electric Cooperative are set to sign a tripartite agreement to pilot the National Broadband Plan in Baguio City.

Philippines Aims to Attract Investors Hit by Tariffs in Sino-US Trade War
Vietnam has earned a name as the chief haven for multinationals hoping to avoid the Sino-U.S. trade dispute of 2018.
— Voice of America

Usman farm damage climbs to P195 million
OVER 7,800 farmers in three regions have incurred losses amounting to some P195.36 million due to damage brought by Tropical Depression Usman over the weekend, according to initial assessment of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
— Business Mirror

PSA: Fertilizer average retail prices rose by 18.53 percent in November
The average retail price of four fertilizer grades rose by as much as 18.53 percent in November compared to year-ago levels, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Business Mirror

Two killed in bomb blast in troubled south Philippines
Two people were killed and around 35 others wounded on Monday after a bomb went off outside a shopping mall in the southern Philippine city of Cotabato, police said.
— Saudi Gazette

DBP, BCDA solidify P9.5-billion deal for New Clark City project
STATE-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) recently signed a P9.5-billion loan agreement with the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to partially fund their joint venture for the construction and development of Phase 1-A of the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) in New Clark City, Pampanga.
— Business Mirror

Singaporean company eyeing 6MW of solar home installations in PH
At its initial rollout this coming 2019, Singapore-based Trina Solar is targeting to chalk up 10-percent or a range of 5.0 to 6.0 megawatts of the emerging market of solar installations for residential end-users in the Philippines.
— Manila Bulletin

3-million visually impaired Pinoys gain from treaty
MANILA has acceded to the Marrakesh Treaty that secured it wider access to published materials in accessible formats for more than 3 million visually impaired Filipinos.
— Business Mirror

Grab users spent average of P7K for rides in 2018
Customers of ridesharing firm, Grab, spent an average of PHP7,000 in fares for their trips in 2018.
— Philippine News Agency

Health advocates’ New Year wish: Higher tobacco tax
For the past 16 years, Emer Rojas, an engineer, has been the local poster boy of the ill effects of cigarette smoking.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

MWSS, NIA ink accord to divert irrigation water
From 23,000 hectares of farmland, Bulacan is left with 4,000 hectares of property fully allotted to agriculture.
— Manila Bulletin

Exporters reeling from port-congestion losses
EXPORTERS are demanding that the government and shipping lines resolve the problem of empty containers in ports, a situation that is slowing down cash flow and causing delivery problems on both imports and exports.
— Business Mirror

PH banking system resilient amid external concerns
The Philippine banking system has remained fundamentally strong despite having its share of challenges over the years, and 2018 proved to be no exception.
— Philippine News Agency

Restore P16.8-B health facilities budget – Ejercito
SEN. Joseph Victor Ejercito on Monday vowed to push for the restoration of the P16-billion budget for the Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) for 2019 of the Department of Health (DoH) when Congress resumes session on January 14.
— The Manila Times

9-M Filipinos sought jobs in 2018–PSA
OVER 9 million Filipinos searched for a living in 2018, with some seeking better-quality work to make ends meet, according to the latest report of the Philippine Statistics
Authority (PSA).
— Business Mirror

Construction firm asked to drop ‘Puregold’ name
The Securities and Exchange Commission ordered Puregold Construction and Development Corp. to change its corporate name for being confusingly similar to that of supermarket chain Puregold Price Club Inc. of businessman Lucio Co.


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This week’s morning news photo focuses on the death, pain, and loss that typically occurs at this time of year on Asean roads due to drunk driving, speeding, and a failure to wear protective helmets when travelling on motorbikes.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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