Philippines morning news for July 2

Philippines morning news for July 2

Philippines morning newsDuterte’s deal with China ‘valid and binding’: Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte’s deal with Beijing that allows Chinese fishermen to venture in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone is “valid and binding,” Malacañang said Monday.
— ABS-CBN News

Sotto bill seeks 14th month pay for private sector employees
Senate President Vicente Sotto III filed a bill on Monday seeking to give employees in the private sector a 14th month pay.
— GMA News

China rejects third party in Recto Bank allision probe – Palace
China does not agree with the proposed presence of an independent body in the ongoing Recto Bank allision investigation, Malacañang said Monday.
— CNN Philippines

Sotto refiles bill lowering age of criminal liability
Senate President Vicente Sotto III refiled the controversial bill lowering the age of criminal liability on Monday, July 1, after lawmakers failed to pass it in the 17th Congress.
— Rappler

Duterte-Xi fishing agreement not on paper, Panelo says
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Monday there was no written agreement between the Philippines and China as regards fishing in the West Philippine Sea.
— GMA News

Migrante Int’l supports call for UN probe on PHL human rights violations
Militant overseas Filipino workers group Migrante International organized a petition urging the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to investigate alleged human rights violations committed by President Rodrigo Duterte’s government.
— GMA News

Senators file bills increasing wages of public school teachers
Senators of the 18th Congress on Monday, July 1, filed bills that seek to increase the salaries of public school teachers.
— Rappler

Sotto files first 10 ‘pet’ bills for 18th Congress
BEING the most senior and a holdover head, Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd filed his first 10 “pet” bills for the 18th Congress.
— The Manila Times

Davao court issues hold departure order vs 8 KAPA officials
THE DAVAO City Regional Trial Court Branch 16 issued a precautionary hold departure order against eight officials of KAPA-Community Ministry International Inc. in connection with the complaint they face before the Department of Justice (DoJ) for violation of the Securities Regulation Code (SRC).
— BusinessWorld Online

‘6% Q2 growth doable with big-ticket projects’
THE resumption of the construction of the government’s big-ticket infrastructure projects will enable the economy to post a growth of 6 percent in the second quarter of the year, according to a local think tank.
— Business Mirror

June manufacturing index subdued at 51.3
SLOWER demand hounded the manufacturing sector toward the end of 2019’s first half, leaving factories to stock up on inventories to yield a flat growth in June, a think tank said.
— Business Mirror

Passage of key economic reform bills to raise FDI by $40B/year–Neda chief
THE passage of key economic reform bills that would allow more foreigners to do business in the country would triple, or even quadruple, the Philippines’s foreign direct investments (FDI).
— Business Mirror

BIR to collect foreign workers’ unpaid income taxes
THE Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will start collecting from foreign workers this month billions of pesos in unpaid income taxes, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd said on Monday.
— The Manila Times

Duterte OK’s new export dev’t plan
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has approved the government’s new export development plan, short of a year after it was submitted to his office by the Cabinet Economic Development Cluster, providing a road map for improved performance of both service and merchandise exports at a time of challenging global demand conditions.
— BusinessWorld Online

Government gets $300M for CCT program from WB
THE Philippines secured a fresh $300-million-worth loan from the World Bank for the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program.
— Business Mirror

DOF bares economic priorities for next 3 years
The Department of Finance (DOF) has outlined five major economic policies that will be prioritized by the Duterte administration in the second half of its term to further propel economic growth and provide opportunities for Filipinos.
— The Philippine Star

Hike in ecozone locators’ GIE to 8% to yield P30B
AT least P30 billion will be added to government coffers under the economic team’s plan to increase to 8 percent the tax on gross income paid by economic zone firms, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez disclosed on Monday.
— Business Mirror

Government eyes interagency approach in master plan for 2022 exports targets
THE government is now eyeing an interagency approach in crafting a more responsive master plan to achieve its 2022 exports targets.
— Business Mirror

BI restricts special work permits to foreigners in 14 occupations
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) said its new guidelines on granting temporary work permits to foreign nationals prioritizes 14 categories for the issue of Special Working Permits (SWPs), including athletes, performers, and persons with special abilities.
— BusinessWorld Online

Duterte dares Western nations to ‘seize’ Spratly Islands
President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday dared western countries to “assemble” and “seize” the Spratly Islands amid calls for him to defend the Philippine territory against China’s incursion.
— Spratly Islands

DND chief: Bombing raised extremism level
Friday’s suicide bombing at a military camp in Sulu province has raised the level of violent extremism in the country, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday.

COA flags LWUA for failure to return P121M
The Commission on Audit (COA) has questioned the failure of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) to return to the Department of Health some P121.5 million in unused funds meant for potable water supply projects across the country.

Duque clueless on Lacson’s new exposé, won’t resign
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday said he was clueless about Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson’s “bigger expos” against him as he dismissed the lawmaker’s call for him to resign.

Expect EDSA traffic to ease by yearend — DPWH
THE DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said a significant easing of traffic along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) can be expected by the end of the year as it anticipates completion of several road projects that should help reduce significantly the volume of cars on Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare.
— BusinessWorld Online

Senate Bill No. 1 seeks to give med school scholarship grants
The first Senate bill filed in the 18th Congress seeks to tap aspiring doctors and give them scholarship grants in an effort to increase the number of doctors in rural areas.
— GMA News

DTI-12 expands rollout of biz services program
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Region 12 (Soccsksargen) is seeking to develop more competitive micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) through its innovative business services program dubbed Nego Solusyon.
— Philippine News Agency

Can Supreme Court force Duterte gov’t to protect West PH Sea?
The Supreme Court will hold oral arguments on Tuesday, July 2, to discuss whether it can force President Rodrigo Duterte’s government to protect the West Philippine Sea.
— Rappler

PH invests in infrastructure to lure businesses amid U.S.-China trade war
The Philippine government is tidying up and making the country more enticing for businesses seeking to relocate operations and escape the bitter trade war of the United States and China.
— Rappler

PH, Japan launch emergency logistics system to expedite response to natural disasters
The Philippines and Japan on Monday jointly launched the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) to further strengthen the Southeast Asian region’s collective response to natural disasters.
— Manila Bulletin

DOF: Domestic economy to shield Philippines from US – China trade rift
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III likened the Philippines to a “good ship” as it navigates the rough seas amid the trade dispute between the United States and China.

Four infrastructure projects to remove 300,000 vehicles from Edsa—DPWH
The completion of four key infrastructure projects in Metro Manila will remove about 300,000 vehicles from Edsa, according to the Public Works Department.

Government offering 2,000 MW under green energy tariff program
The Energy Department plans to auction about 2,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity under the proposed Green Energy Tariff Rate Program.

PH likely to secure ‘A’ credit rating in next 18 months—Guinigundo
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo who retired Monday said he expects the country to secure the most-coveted “A” rating from major credit rating agencies within the next 18 months.

South China Sea tensions: Filipino leader accuses US of ‘testing who can fire first shot’ 
Beijing claims the majority of the South China Sea but this is contested by other countries including the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan and Vietnam.
— Spratly Islands

Globe Telecom tops anew in corporate governance in ASEAN
Globe Telecom showed once again why it is one of the top organizations in the Philippines after it was named among the 6 top-performing publicly-listed companies (PLCs) in the country under the ASEAN Corporate Governance Scorecard (ACGS) 2018.

Romualdez supports 2020 budget hike on infra, human capital
Leyte Representative Martin Romualdez on Monday expressed his full support to the planned increase in the 2020 allocation for infrastructure and human capital investment, saying the move will help sustain the country’s high-level economic growth and cut down poverty.
— Philippine News Agency

More Metro Manila water shortages ahead as reservoir dries
Fishermen now pick their catch from the shallow, muddy slosh of the depleted reservoir which feeds the Philippine capital, as drought once again leaves Manila residents with up to 17-hour-a-day water shortages.
— GMA News

DOST trains entrepreneurs, farmers on product applications
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) trained entrepreneurs and farmers with product applications in order to mobilize surplus of tropical fruits during its seasons and provide value-addition to increase their marketability.
— Manila Bulletin

BIR to collect POGO taxes starting this month
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will start collecting withholding taxes from foreign workers in the offshore gaming industry starting this month, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.
— Manila Bulletin

Agriculture sector insider likely to replace Piñol
SOMEONE ALREADY affiliated with the sector is likely to be appointed as the next Agriculture secretary, according to one of the President’s top economic managers.
— BusinessWorld Online

PRRD designates another BGC building as IT center
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed another proclamation creating and designating another area in the bustling Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City as a special economic zone.
— Philippine News Agency

NIA chief envisions development of Magat Dam into a renewable energy complex
The administrator of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has envisioned Magat Dam Reservoir located in Ramon, Isabela as a renewable energy complex following the ceremonial switch-on of the pilot floating solar power project that was recently installed in the area.
— Philippine Information Agency

Vico Sotto suspends Pasig odd-even traffic scheme indefinitely
Newly-installed Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto ordered traffic enforcers on Monday, July 1, to stop apprehending violators of the odd-even scheme, as he formed a task force that would review the city’s overall traffic situation and program.
— Rappler

SolGen Calida wants Justice Carpio to inhibit from West Philippine Sea case
The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) has filed a motion before the Supreme Court (SC) asking SC Associate Justice Antonio Carpio to inhibit from participating in the petition urging the Duterte government to protect the marine resources in the West Philippine Sea.
— Spratly Islands

Town administrator killed in San Mateo, Isabela
This town’s 59-year-old administrator was shot dead by two motorcycle-riding gunmen along the national road in Dagupan village on Monday night (July 1), police said.

DPWH chief: President Duterte’s 5-minute travel time target from Cubao to Makati, doable
The Department of Public Works and Highways said that President Rodrigo Duterte’s target for a five minute travel time from Cubao to Makati was “doable.” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that over-all, what President Duterte had said about this target “are backed by very solid projects.”
— Eagle News

Honasan finally assumes post as DICT secretary
FORMER SENATOR Gregorio B. Honasan II will now take the top post at the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), almost seven months after his appointment as secretary in November, Malacañang confirmed late Monday.
— BusinessWorld Online

Multi-group efforts needed to save big 5
Multi-group efforts were sought to help save the five endangered and critically endangered species, four of which are endemic to Negros Occidental.
— Philippine Information Agency

Baguio City To Ban The Use of Gadgets While Walking & Crossing Streets
Baguio City To Prohibit the Use of Gadgets While Walking & Crossing Streets The Baguio City Council would release a new ordinance that will prohibit the use of gadgets while walking or crossing the streets.
— Philippine News

DDB updates dangerous drugs list with plants, date-rape substance
The DDB also classified gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) as a dangerous drug. It said drug had been reported to have been used as a “date rape drug. GBL is believed to cause sleepiness, confusion, and dizziness, supposedly making victims vulnerable to sexual assault.
— GMA News

Davao Norte to receive CSC award for personnel management practice
The provincial government of this province will headline the list of major awardees to be recognized by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) during the Public Sector HR Symposium next month.
— Philippine Information Agency

POC delays special elections as Olympic body steps in
The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has resolved to postpone the special elections and vowed to comply with the instructions given by its governing organizations .
— Rappler


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