Philippines morning news for June 25

Philippines morning news for June 25

Philippines morning newsTax haul from more inshore fishing seen at P24B
THE Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) said fishermen should make more use of inshore, municipal waters to boost the government’s ability to tax and modernize the industry.
— BusinessWorld Online

China won’t stop fishing in Philippines’ EEZ, says Duterte
China will continue to fish even in parts of the South China Sea which fall under the Philippines exclusive economic zone under the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea, President Rodrigo Duterte indicated on Monday.
— GMA News

Government debt payments in April up 93.3% to P53.8 billion
THE national government’s debt payments for the month of April hit P53.840 billion, or a 93.3-percent increase compared to April 2018, as amortization outpaced interest payments, data from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) showed.
— Business Mirror

UNCHR says PH drug war’s death toll ‘extraordinarily high’
United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday said the human rights situation in the Philippines is being monitored “very closely” as the death toll in the country’s drug war has been “extraordinarily high.”
— Inquirer.net

Whistleblowers in PhilHealth ghost claims mess ask for witness protection
The two former dialysis clinic employees who revealed an alleged ghost claims scheme involving PhilHealth funds have applied for witness protection, officials said Monday.
— GMA News

Filipina household worker falls to death in Morocco
A Filipina household worker died after falling from a building while trying to escape from her employer in Morocco, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.
— Tempo

Murder case vs asset in Kian delos Santos slay junked
A Caloocan City court yesterday dismissed the murder charges filed against a drug suspect who allegedly served as an asset for the killers of Kian delos Santos after the prosecution failed to locate an eyewitness.
— The Philippine Star

‘PHL medical costs second highest in Asean’
FILIPINOS could experience even more expensive health-care costs this year on the back of more expensive medicines and medical services, according to a new global report on health.
— Business Mirror

Experts: Substandard steel may cause building collapse when ‘Big One’ hits
The recent spate of earthquakes that jolted northwestern Japan, southern China, the Flores region in Indonesia and several Mindanao provinces, has authorities in the local steel industry worried.
— Business Mirror

PNP submits P14.8-B proposed infra projects to DPWH
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is seeking a PHP14.8-billion worth of infrastructure projects from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to improve its facilities as part of the modernization program, Maj. Gen. Edwin Roque said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Solon urges suspension of WellMed licenses, facility closure
A party-list lawmaker on Monday asked the Quezon City local government to suspend the business permits and licenses, and to outright close down the WellMed Dialysis & Laboratory Center Corp – a PhilHealth-accredited dialysis center which allegedly benefited from claims of deceased patients.
— GMA News

Duque faces plunder, administrative raps over family’s lease contract with PhilHealth
HEALTH Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd is facing plunder, graft and administrative charges for allegedly allowing his family to transact business with the state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), where he is concurrent ex-oficio chairman.
— The Manila Times

Dollar inflows seen sustained till end-2019
STRENGTH in the country’s dollar inflow is expected to be sustained toward the end of the year, a local economist said, as 2019 is looking good for the Philippine economy’s image to foreign investors.
— Business Mirror

Duterte wants revival of Philippines, Malaysia barter trade: Makatutulong sa Bangsamoro
President Rodrigo Duterte has called for an immediate resumption of the barter trade activities between the Philippines and Malaysia.
— Politiko

Government, MILF to decommission 12,000 combatants this year
Members of the different joint mechanisms under the Normalization Track of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro as well as international independent bodies have begun preparations for the smooth decommissioning of at least 12,000 combatants of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front this year.
— Manilastandard.net

SC clears Enrile, other Marcos ‘cronies’ in 51-year-old P100-million behest loan case
THE Supreme Court has cleared former cronies of the late strongman former President Ferdinand Marcos, including former Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and several others of criminal liabilities, over the alleged behest loans granted to a sugar milling company in 1968 by the Philippine National Bank (PNB).
— Business Mirror

PAGASA says LPA east of Aurora may develop into a tropical depression in 48 hours
-The country’s weather bureau, PAGASA, said on Monday that the low pressure area off the waters of Aurora may develop into a tropical depression within 48 hours.
— Eagle News

PH moves to narrow $5.5-billion trade deficit with Indonesia
The Philippines is moving to bridge a $5.5-billion trade gap with Indonesia by exporting more agricultural products and automobile parts to its southern neighbor.
— Manilastandard.net

PODCASTS: Duterte, ruler of a divided nation
Half of the Duterte presidency will have come and gone on June 30, and already, in Philippine society, we see a people that have been divided.
— Rappler

HRW urges UN to conduct probe on PHL’s ‘war on drugs’
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged the United Nations to conduct an investigation on the Philippines’ war on drugs as it pointed out that member-states stood by as the killings continued.
— GMA News

PH, 7 other countries form ‘Asian platform’ on energy efficiency collaboration
The Philippines and seven other countries in the region have formalized “collaboration” for an Asian platform in the promotion of energy efficiency initiatives – including investment hunting as well as shoring up financing tracks for projects.
— Manila Bulletin

Inflation for low-income households rises in May
INFLATION for low-income households jumped to a three-month high of 4.6 percent in May on the back of higher food prices, the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) announced on Monday.
— The Manila Times

Philippines seen as fertile ground for green building industry
The International Finance Corp. (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, is pushing for the creation of a robust green buildings industry in the country because of mass market potential and the possibility of greater engagement with banks on green finance.
— The Philippine Star

Women’s work force participation barely moved in 30 years
WOMEN’S participation in the workforce barely improved in the past 30 years, according to a study released by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
— Business Mirror

DA seeking fivefold budget increase to P333 billion for 2020
IF you are given the chance to shoot for the moon, would you take it? The Department of Agriculture (DA) just did.
— Business Mirror

DFA revising rules on diplomatic passports
FOREIGN AFFAIRS Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. has asserted that cancelling the diplomatic passports extended to former secretaries of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is not unlawful, as opposed to the claim of Albert F. del Rosario.
— BusinessWorld Online

Firms more partial to ‘rising,’ soft skills–report
A NUMBER of tech skills and soft skills are among the qualifications most sought-after by employers from applicants amid the growing influence of automation and artificial intelligence in the workplace.
— Business Mirror

New Clark City golf, hotel project to undergo Swiss challenge
THE Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said it will initiate a Swiss challenge this week for a golf and mountain resort project in New Clark City, BCDA President and CEO Vivencio B. Dizon said.
— BusinessWorld Online

PIA chief agrees to disclose bank records in corruption probe
Philippine Information Agency Director-General Harold Clavite agreed to disclose his bank records to the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission, the anti-graft body said Monday.
— ABS-CBN News

RCBC consumer, SME loans to rise to 50% of loan portfolio
Officials of the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) seeks to increase the share of consumer and small and medium enterprise (SME) loans to 50 percent of the bank’s total loan portfolio within the next three years.
— Philippine News Agency

PSALM seeks to recover P10.8 billion from power users
State-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. said it is set to file a petition with the Energy Regulatory Commission this week to recover another P10.842 billion worth of universal charges for stranded contract costs and stranded debt.
— Manilastandard.net

Bangsamoro Normalization gains momentum
The preparation for the implementation of the Normalization process under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) is now moving at an accelerated pace and gaining momentum.
— Philippine News Agency

Palace assures ‘guilty party’ in Recto Bank incident won’t escape liability
Malacañang has assured Filipinos that the “guilty party” in the ramming and sinking of a Filipino boat in the West Philippine Sea would not escape accountability.
— Inquirer.net

Ex-CAAP deputy chief convicted in graft case, acquitted in another
The Sandiganbayan has convicted a former deputy director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for issuing an invalid air carrier operating certificate (ACOC) in 2008.
— Inquirer.net

EcoWaste Coalition issues warnings on replicas of lethal weapons, lead laced toys
Environmental group EcoWaste Coalition has warned the public on the sale of cheap replicas of lethal weapons that may cause injuries among children especially if played without adult supervision.
— Manila Bulletin

Clark seen as potential MICE destination
Clark is gradually turning into a preferred destination for the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) sector, driven by its improving connectivity and growing hospitality industry, a property consultancy firm said.
— The Philippine Star

Del Rosario donates P500,000 to PH fishermen sunk by China
While China has not compensated them, former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario donated half a million pesos to the fishermen of Filipino boat Gem-Ver, which a Chinese ship sank in the West Philippine Sea.
— Rappler

Plunder trial vs Jinggoy Estrada resumes on July 8
THE Sandiganbayan’s Fifth Division will resume the trial on the plunder case filed against former senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada on July 8.
— The Manila Times

DTI launches capacity-building program for Iloilo MSMEs
THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) in Iloilo said it launched a capacity-building program for small entrepreneurs at the barangay level.
— BusinessWorld Online

Pollution control mulled on coal-fed plants
The Department of Energy (DOE) is enforcing measures for pollution control as well as proper handling of coal from the mines to the time that they are brought to power stations to fuel electricity generation.
— Manila Bulletin

Antique town fisherfolk get 119 fiberglass boats
The Antique Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) has delivered 119 fiberglass boats to marginalized fishermen in the municipality of Pandan to augment their livelihood.
— Philippine News Agency

Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings builds cancer center in Zambo
The Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings, Inc (MPHHI) broke ground Monday a cancer center in this southern port city.
— Philippine News Agency

Duque calls latest Ombudsman raps ‘nuisance, unfounded’
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday described as nuisance and unfounded the latest cases filed against him at the Office of the Ombudsman in relation to the supposed conflict of interest for leasing a family-owned property to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth).
— GMA News

PACC to perform lifestyle check on PIA chief Clavite
President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-corruption unit will perform a lifestyle check on embattled Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director General Harold Clavite, an official said Monday.
— GMA News

Locsin returns Del Rosario’s ₱500,000 donation to fishermen sunk by Chinese vessel
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. on Monday said he returned donations to the fishermen in the Recto Bank incident which was made by one of his predecessors, Albert del Rosario, through their department.
— CNN Philippines

PCOO yet to file charges vs. erring execs in ASEAN irregularities, COA says
The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has yet to file appropriate charges against its own officials who were allegedly involved in procurement irregularities related to the Philippines’ hosting of the 2017 ASEAN Summit, according to the Commission on Audit (COA).
— GMA News

DOH-1 reminds on healthy lifestyle to prevent kidney diseases
“Better to start educating kids on living a healthy lifestyle to prevent them from experiencing kidney problems later on.”
— Philippine Information Agency

Tourism Council proposes to close caves on rainy season
The Municipal Tourism Council of this scenic town has proposed the closure of caves to tourists during the rainy season for safety reasons.
— Philippine Information Agency

NWRB tells public, “Conserve water, hope for heavy rains” as Angat dam continues dip below critical level
The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) advised the public to conserve water and to “hope for heavy rains” as the water level in Angat Dam continued to dip below the critical level of 160 meters as it registered a level of only 159.09 meters, resulting in a further decrease in the water allocation for Metro Manila and surrounding areas.
— Eagle News

San Miguel seeks to shape up as it forges ahead of campaign
DOWN to their last six games in the elimination round of the Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup, the San Miguel Beermen look to make the most of it and put themselves a situation to advance to the next round.
— BusinessWorld Online

Government, public sector kick off support for athletes, para athletes in first-ever unity walk
THE Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) joined forces Saturday, June 22 at the College of Science Oval in UP Diliman to stage a unity event among various sports sectors to prepare for the coming Southeast Asian Games later this year and the ASEAN Para Games in 2020.
— BusinessWorld Online

PRRD balancing PH interest, security
National interest and security are the main reasons why President Rodrigo Duterte is taking a cautious stand on the Recto Bank (Reed Bank) incident where a Chinese vessel allegedly rammed and abandoned a Filipino fishing vessel, Malacañang said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

20 cited for violations in Boracay road rehab
Owners of at least 20 buildings and their lessees in Boracay had been issued closure orders for violating the road easement rule and for lack of permits as the government continues the rehabilitation of the resort island in Aklan province.
— Inquirer.net

COA questions PCOO misuse of 2017 Asean summit funds
The Commission on Audit (COA) has chided the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) for its failure to account for P38.8 million allocated for the country’s hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit in 2017.
— Inquirer.net

Duterte mulls Cabinet revamp
There is an ongoing assessment of all Cabinet members and bureau chiefs as President Rodrigo Duterte considers major revamp.
— GMA News

NIA asked to secure IP consent for Ifugao irrigation project
A nearly completed irrigation project that would draw water discharged by Magat Dam in Isabela province to farms in Alfonso Lista town, Ifugao province, must be suspended until its proponents secure a certification that they had acquired the free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) of the residents, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) said last week.
— Inquirer.net

NPO found to have outsourced printing jobs without valid contracts
THE Commission on Audit (CoA) said the National Printing Office (NPO) conducted unauthorized transactions last year amounting to P121 million, and improperly recorded outsourced printing agreements as equipment leases.
— BusinessWorld Online

PH Navy to acquire 2 new landing docks
The Department of National Defense-Armed Forces of the Philippines is set to acquire two brand new landing dock vessels, an amphibious warfare ship with a well dock to transport and launch landing craft and amphibious vehicles, for the Philippine Navy.
— Tempo

Freedom from past tax burdens — a work in progress
As we are celebrating Philippine Independence this month, I can recall several kinds of freedom.
— BusinessWorld Online

BFAR to distribute 5,000 transponders by yearend
The Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) will be distributing an initial 5,000 “transponders” or vessel monitoring measures (VMM) to commercial fishing vessels before the year ends.
— Philippine News Agency

BFAR hopes to get more financial support after Recto Bank incident
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) hopes it can get more support in providing transponders to fishing vessels after the sinking of F/B Gem-Ver at Recto Bank.
— Rappler

Amid water crisis, San Juan’s Wattah Wattah festival pushes through
Despite Metro Manila’s water crisis , residents of San Juan City carried on with the annual Wattah Wattah festival.
— Rappler

Duterte names Cebu City police chief Garma PCSO general manager
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday named Police Colonel Royina Garma, Cebu City’s first female police chief, the next general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
— GMA News

Korean firm set to open Duty Free outlet inside Clark
Duty Free Philippines Corp. signed a partnership with Donggwang Clark Corp., the Philippine subsidiary of Sun Valley Group of South Korea, to open a Duty Free outlet at Hilton Sun Valley Resort inside the Clark Freeport Zone.
— Manilastandard.net

Pinoy seafarers to get free LRT-2 rides on June 25
The Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) will also be giving free rides to Filipino seafarers on Tuesday, June 25, in celebration of the International Day of Seafarers.
— Inquirer.net 

BFAR conducts test runs on fiberglass boats of Mindoro fishermen
The Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) conducted test runs in the waters of Occidental Mindoro for the 30-footer fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) boats with 18-HP diesel engines received by the 22 fishermen involved in the Recto Bank (Reed Bank) incident, as livelihood assistance from the government.
— Philippine News Agency

SoCot distributes relief goods to Lake Sebu evacuees
The provincial government of South Cotabato distributed relief assistance on Sunday to around 400 residents who evacuated anew last week from remote communities in Lake Sebu town due to a “rido” or clan feud in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat.
— Philippine News Agency

Coffee Heritage Project plants 3,000 coffee trees in Sagada
At least 3,000 coffee tree seedlings were planted in two northern barangays of this scenic town last week to promote the local coffee industry and help farmers.
— Philippine Information Agency

436th Aggao Nac Cagayan trade fair highlights new local products
The 436th Aggao Nac Cagayan Product and Technology Trade Fair highlighted the promotion of the new local products of participating towns from this province.
— Philippine Information Agency

Metro Manila Pride calls on LGBTQ+, allies to #ResistTogether on June 29
Pride is a protest. Pride is resistance.
— Rappler

11 Philippine food manufacturers represent country at Taipei Food Show 2019
ELEVEN Philippine food manufacturing companies represented the country on the Taiwanese mainstream market as they joined this year’s Food Philippines Pavilion at the Taipei Food Show 2019 happening at the World Trade Center Taipei on June 19 to 22.
— The Manila Times

Students dared to take active stand on environmental issues
Environmental advocates challenged more than 700 students from the different schools here on Monday to take a pro-active stand on issues related to the environment as their future is largely at stake with the impacts of global warming and climate change.
— Philippine News Agency

Mikee Romero to file ‘Eddie Garcia Law’ on safe workspaces for actors
1-Pacman Representative Mikee Romero, the stepson of the late actor Eddie Garcia , is set to file a bill seeking to safeguard the well-being of actors while on set.
— Rappler

PDEA inaugurates PSBS pilot reformation center
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), inaugurated Project Sagip Batang Solvent (PSBS) reformation center in Novaliches, Quezon City, on Friday (June 21).
— Philippine Information Agency

The search for talented Filipino creators begins with YouTube NextUp Manila’s Class of 2019
YouTube announces the return of its NextUp contest in the Philippines to spotlight and support the growth of local up-and-coming YouTube creators.
— Business Mirror

 

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