Philippines morning news for July 29

Philippines morning news for July 29

Philippines morning newsPhilippines deadly earthquake: Region hit by 200 aftershocks
Thousands of residents stayed outdoors overnight in a town in the Philippines’ northernmost province, amid nearly 200 aftershocks following a series of strong earthquakes that left eight people dead.
— 7News

Nearly 3K villagers affected by Batanes quakes: OCD
Almost 3,000 people were affected by the four earthquakes that shook Itbayat, Batanes on Saturday, Cagayan Valley regional civil defense officials reported on Sunday.
— Northbound Philippines

Tobacco sin tax to generate P15.7 billion in additional revenues
The newly enacted tobacco sin tax law is expected to generate P15.7 billion in additional revenue next year, narrowing down the projected financing gap for the government’s Universal Health Care (UHC) program, the Department of Finance (DOF) said over the weekend.
— The Philippine Star

Inflation impact on poor eases in June
JUNE inflation, as experienced by low-income families, softened to its slowest pace in 18 months, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.
— BusinessWorld Online

PRRD orders P40-M clinic built in quake-struck Batanes town
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday ordered the construction of a new clinic worth PHP40 million in Itbayat, Batanes to replace the hospital in the said island-town that was damaged by a series of earthquakes on Saturday.
— Philippine News Agency

DOF to Congress: Higher tax on alcohol to boost UHC fund
THE Department of Finance (DOF) called on the 18th Congress to pass this year a measure that will increase taxes on alcohol products to at least P40 per liter and further raise taxes on heated tobacco and vapor products.
— Business Mirror

14th victim killed as Negros Oriental bloodbath continues
A man was gunned down in broad daylight at a public market in Canlaon City in Negros Oriental on Sunday (July 28) in the continuing bloodbath in the province.
— Inquirer.net

2 prisoners escape from QC jail
Two detainees of the Quezon City Jail managed to escape Saturday morning after the metro-wide earthquake drill.
— CNN Philippines

Finance dep’t checks effect of lotto stoppage on funding of universal health care
THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT (DoF) is now assessing the impact on implementation of Republic Act (RA) No. 11223, or the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act, of the closure order which President Rodrigo R. Duterte issued Friday night on all Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)-sanctioned lottery operations, senior officials of the department said last weekend.
— BusinessWorld Online

‘Substandard steel bars pose big risk in disaster-prone PHL’
A SENIOR lawmaker on Sunday said he will ask the House of Representatives to look into alleged collusion of government agencies and local steel makers in passing substandard steel bars being used in constructing high-rise buildings in the country.
— Business Mirror

PERC investing P1 billion for hybrid solar project
PetroEnergy Resources Corp. (PERC) of the Yuchengco Group is investing at least P1 billion for its planned hybrid solar power project in Palawan once the island’s power cooperative commences its competitive selection process (CSP).
— The Philippine Star

CTA rejects Duty Free appeal of dismissed P156.5-M refund claim
THE Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) rejected the appeal of Duty Free Philippines Corp. following the dismissal by the CTA in division of its tax refund claim worth P156.5 million.
— BusinessWorld Online

Duterte strikes down stricter labor contracting rules
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte (PRRD) has vetoed Senate Bill No. 1826/House Bill No. 6908 or the security of tenure (SoT) measure that would have laid down stricter rules on labor contracting, after top state economic managers and major business groups warned of potential economic repercussions.
— BusinessWorld Online

PNOC, China state firm ink MOU to pursue LNG projects
THE Philippine National Oil Co. (PNOC) and the China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Co. Ltd. (CPP) will partner to look for opportunities in the LNG (liquefied natural gas) sector.
— Business Mirror

Manpower, power supply problems leave P47.5M of medical equipment idle in Camarines Norte hospital
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT worth P47.53 million at the Camarines Norte Provincial Hospital (CNPH) are standing idle or not functioning, according to the Commission on Audit’s (CoA) annual report.
— BusinessWorld Online

Poultry industry faces threat from imports
The local poultry industry may soon find itself stopping production amid tough competition in the local market due to the continued deluge of imports.
— The Philippine Star

PHL scientists to use radiation to sterilize, reduce dengue mosquito population
With the Department of Health declaring a national dengue alert due to the increasing number of dengue cases in several regions, the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI) continues to harness nuclear science and technology to help mitigate the perennial dengue problem in the Philippines.
— Business Mirror

WHO lauds PH for tobacco tax hike
The World Health Organization (WHO) has congratulated the Philippines for enacting a measure increasing taxes on tobacco products.
— Manila Bulletin

De Lima seeks Senate probe into killings of lawyers, judges under Duterte gov’t
Opposition Senator Leila de Lima has sought a Senate investigation into the increasing number of lawyers, prosecutors, and judges killed under the Duterte administration.
— Rappler

COA tells Mandaue City to dispose P14-million ‘unserviceable’ properties
The Commission on Audit has asked the city government of Mandaue to create a Disposal and Appraisal Committee for the disposal of the at least P14 million worth of unserviceable equipment and vehicles.
— CDN

Philippines Police Close Down Lottery Outlets after President Duterte Alleges Widespread Corruption
Philippine National Police (PNP) shut down several hundred venues across the nation Saturday that had featured Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) games — in a brazen crackdown ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte due to what he called “massive corruption.”
— Casino.org

Philippines population grew by 9 million since 2014
Five years after the country’s 100 millionth baby was born, Philippine population has increased by almost nine million, the Commission on Population (PopCom) said yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

Dela Rosa backs mandatory ROTC, cites declining number of reservists
Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa on Sunday reiterated his support for the reimposition of the mandatory Basic Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) for Grade 11 and 12 students.
— Inquirer.net

Palace to provide aid amid shutdown of PCSO games
The Office of the President (OP) will provide the public with financial assistance following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to close down all gaming operations under the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) due to alleged corruption, Malacañang said Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

DOJ won’t drop sedition raps vs Robredo et al.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has denied the demand of supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo to dismiss the sedition complaint filed by the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

COA bares anomaly in doleout program
The Commission on Audit (COA) has found more than 200 beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) who appeared to have received doles twice from 2016 to 2018.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Metro Manila Council discusses ways to address traffic problems
The Metro Manila mayors on Thursday heed the call of President Rodrigo Duterte on clearing the national roads and agreed to clear roads being used for private means within 60 days.
— Philippine Information Agency

Duterte ‘interested’ in extending Batanes runways
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday expressed interest in extending the airport runways in Batanes, saying that the move could be a “very crucial factor in the days to come.”
— Inquirer.net

Duterte orders Coast Guard patrol of Batanes Islands
President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday directed the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to guard the islands of Batanes province to ensure that the islands would “remain ours.”
— Inquirer.net

Davao del Norte town kicks off youth sports festival
The local government unit of Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte kicked off on Saturday its celebration of a youth festival dubbed as the “1st Tatay Erning’s Cup 2019” spearheaded by young leaders from the Office of the Municipal Mayor.
— Philippine News Agency

COA tells DSWD to clean list of social pension beneficiaries
The Commission on Audit (COA) urged the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to clean its list of beneficiaries under the Social Pension Program for Indigent Senior Citizens after anomalous payments were discovered.
— Rappler

P800-M outdoor theme park in Silay City to open in October
Bacolod-based developer Aton Land and Leisure Inc. will open “Magikland”, the first outdoor theme park in the Visayas, in Barangay Guinhalaran here this coming October.
— Philippine News Agency

AFP lauds inclusion in top-performing gov’t agency list
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Sunday expressed its elation after being named as one of the top 10 performing government agencies by the 2019 Executive Outlook Survey of the Makati Business Club (MBC).
— Philippine News Agency

10 Filipino fishermen caught illegally fishing in Indonesian waters brought back to PHL
Ten Filipino fishermen who were caught illegally fishing by Indonesian authorities in their waters arrived in Davao City on Saturday noon, aboard the BRP Emilio Jacinto.
— Eagle News

PH tankers shatter 5 national records in 2019 FINA World Championships
Filipino-American tankers smashed a total of 5 national records in the 2019 FINA World Championships held in Gwangju, South Korea, from July 12 to July 28.
— Rappler

 

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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.

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