Philippines morning news for June 5

Philippines morning news for June 5

Philippines morning news

SC sets oral arguments on writ of kalikasan in West Philippine Sea on June 25
THE Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered oral arguments on the Writ of Kalikasan case seeking to protect protect, preserve, rehabilitate, and to restore the marine environment in the West Philippine Sea.
— The Manila Times

Factory output declines for the fifth straight month in April, worst in almost a decade
Industrial production posted its fifth straight month of decline in April as well as suffering its biggest drop in almost a decade, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported this morning.
— BusinessWorld Online

Immigration cancels work visas of 528 foreigners
THE Bureau of Immigration (BI) has cancelled the working visas of 528 foreigners following the discovery that their Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE)-issued alien employment permits (AEPs) were fake
— The Manila Times

Philippines backs U.S. moves vs China buildup in South China Sea
The Philippines supports any United States action in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) that would maintain stability in the region amid the continued military buildup of China in the area, President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman said on Tuesday, June 4.
— Rappler

Duterte lifts ban on gov’t trips to Canada
President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the ban he imposed prohibiting Philippine government officials from traveling to Canada after the departure of Canadian wastes from the Port of Subic, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Funny lines, banters fill session hall as 6 senators bid farewell
Six senators, whose terms will end on June 30, bid goodbye Tuesday with a bit of sadness but mostly laughter as they cracked jokes and funny lines as they delivered their farewell speeches.

P7 M per congressman dangled in House speakership race, Pampanga solon says
From P1 million, the alleged bribe offer in the speakership race has ballooned to P7 million for each congressman, Pampanga Rep. Aurelio Gonzales, a candidate for speaker, disclosed Tuesday.
— Manila Bulletin

US to launch new programme to fight extremism in Philippines
US and Philippine officials are discussing a new programme to help thwart efforts by Muslim extremists to recruit and mobilise followers after a bloody siege by jihadists aligned with the Islamic State group.
— Bangkok Post

New oil and gas exploration investments pushed
Several firms are in the roll of the Department of Energy (DOE) as prospective investors in new oil and gas exploration ventures in the country, but their ‘real interest” would only be known during the bid submission date in August.
— Manila Bulletin

Ease of doing biz in PH backed
The Board of Investment (BoI) and 33 other members of the Investment Promotion Unit Network (IPUNet) are joining hands to enhance the ease of doing business (EoDB) in the country.
— The Manila Times

Palace on South China Sea dispute: Let giants do their thing
Malacañang on Tuesday said it will let the United States and China do their thing in the disputed South China Sea after a Trump administration official recently criticized Beijing’s activities in the resource-rich waters.
— GMA News

Congress approves higher tax on tobacco
The House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted the Senate version of the measure that aims to raise the excise tax on tobacco products.
— Philippine News Agency

ILO: 18 million Pinoys may lose jobs due to automation
AT least 18 million Filipinos are at risk of losing their jobs to automation over the next 20 years if the government fails to retool them for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).
— Business Mirror

Housing for poor may take a hit from realty value tweaks
IT may become even more expensive for the poor to access affordable housing units if the government finally updates the Schedule of Market Values (SMVs) under the TRAIN 3, according to the National Housing Authority (NHA).
— Business Mirror

DBM okays budget for ASF-prevention plan
THE Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has approved the Bureau of Animal Industry’s (BAI) proposal to allocate P85.14 million to strengthen quarantine measures against African swine fever (ASF), according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).
— Business Mirror

Online hiring activity rises 11% year on year in April
JOB RECRUITMENT site said April online hiring activity rose 11% year on year led by strong growth in the fast-moving consumer goods segment.
— BusinessWorld Online

2 French companies eye bigger share of building materials market in PH
French mortar manufacturing companies Sika and Parex have joined forces to capture a bigger share of the growing Philippine market for finished building materials.
— Manila Bulletin

Phone unlocking now mandatory — NTC
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has issued the guidelines on the mandatory unlocking of mobile phones and devices after their “lock-in” period, enabling subscribers to have greater freedom and flexibility to switch providers on their wireless devices.
— The Philippine Star

Readiness for workforce change in region requires education reform, collaboration, experts say
THE Asia Society said it backed improving education systems and providing upskilling programs in collaboration with all stakeholders as a means of preparing the region for the changing nature of the workplace.
— BusinessWorld Online

DOE sets template contract on RE choice for consumers
The Department of Energy (DOE) is firming up a “template contract” that shall guide Renewable Energy (RE) industry players in their offer of capacity or ‘clean energy supply’ to consumers.
— Manila Bulletin

Whole-gov’t approach needed to boost manufacturing
The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said yesterday that a strong whole-of-government approach is necessary to boost manufacturing growth amid the sector’s sluggish performance.
— Manila Bulletin

PH eagles fly to Singapore for protection, conservation
Two Philippine eagles, one of the rarest eagles in the world, have been flown to Singapore on Tuesday as part of the Philippine government’s bid to protect and conserve the critically endangered birds.
— Philippine News Agency

Probe set as computer error cuts plane arrival, departing rate at NAIA
An investigation is underway on the computer glitch that resulted in “reduced arrival and departing rate of aircraft” at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on Tuesday morning, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) said.

Get rid of dilapidated vehicles, COA tells CHR
The Commission on Audit (COA) has urged the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to start using its newly-purchased service vehicles and study disposing those deemed beyond economical repair.
— GMA News

Makati City to hold Mega Job Fair on June 7
Good news to jobseekers! The Makati City government will hold a Mega Job Fair on Friday, June 7, 2019 at the Ayala Malls Circuit Activity Center starting at 10AM.
— Philippine Information Agency

Palay, corn output down in 1st quarter
Reflective of the dry spell’s impact on the crop sector, production of palay (unmilled rice) and corn went down in the first quarter of 2019.
— The Manila Times

Young Philippine scientist claims diabetes cure could be found in aratiles
A student scientist from Iloilo City has discovered potentially anti-diabetic components in the aratiles fruit – a discovery she recently presented in an international science fair in the United States.
— Fresh Plaza

Bill regulating Islamic banks Palace-bound
The House of Representatives is set to transmit to Malacañang the proposed law creating a sound legal and regulatory framework for Islamic banks in the country.
— Manila Bulletin

Bid to create PH Space Agency gets boost from Japan Exploration Agency
Recognizing the opportunity to support the creation of the Philippine Space Agency, the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) top officer sought to firm up the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Space Cooperation with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency or JAXA during the Nikkei Conference on the Future of Asia.
— Manila Bulletin

ASEAN leads way in peaceful dispute settlement: Lorenzana
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a good example of a regional bloc supporting conflict avoidance and peaceful dispute settlement.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte orders PCGG to start auction of P704.8-M Marcos jewelry-Palace
THE Office of the President gave the green light to auction off one-third of the Marcos jewelry collection estimated at P704.8 million, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said on Tuesday. Palace spokesman Salvador …
— The Manila Times

Groups hold donation drive for Samar children affected by militarization
AMIHAN (National Federation of Peasant Women), Gantala Press, and the All UP Academic Employees Union initiated a donation drive for school supplies for peasants’ children in Northern Samar and Samar.
— Rappler

GSIS to proceed with sale of 78 hectares in Port Area
State-run pension fund Government Service Insurance System plans to raise as much as P37 billion from the sale of more than 78 hectares of non-performing assets in Port Area, Manila amid the increase in zonal value of these properties, the fund’s top executive said Tuesday.

Philippines: Ilocos region leads in mixed Q1 production
According to data by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the production of major fruit crops, vegetables and root crops saw mixed results for the first quarter (Q1)
— Fresh Plaza

PH gets first-ever volcanic lake monitoring system from Belgium
The Philippines can now further monitor Taal Volcano and possibly detect an impending eruption through a volcanic lake monitoring system given by Belgium.
— Philippine News Agency

Central Visayas’ top cop warns police vs joining investment scams
Get caught up in investment scams and you may be fired.
— Rappler

COA orders National Youth Commission officials, employees to refund excess pay
The Commission on Audit has told officials and employees of National Youth Commission (NYC) to refund over P1.6 million in unauthorized extra compensation and excess reimbursement of meals and travel expenses incurred in 2018.
— Rappler

Ex-Makati mayor Junjun Binay perpetually disqualified from public office in Court of Appeals ruling
Upholding the earlier decision of the Office of the Ombudsman, the Commission on Appointment (CA) perpetually disqualified from public office former Makati mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr., after finding him guilty for irregularities regarding the Makati Science High School (MSHS).
— Eagle News

750 families in DavSur town receive food packs from Davao City LGU
Beneficiaries from Magsaysay town in Davao del Sur receive food packs from Davao City MAGSAYSAY, Davao del Sur, June 3 – Around 750 families received food packs from the City Government of Davao, Sunday here.
— Philippine Information Agency

Group alarmed over sale of mercury-laden skin whiteners in CDO
A city official here said they will look into the proliferation of imported mercury-laden skin-whitening products being sold openly in public markets following a report by the environmental and health advocate EcoWaste Coalition.
— Philippine News Agency

Comelec approves Cardema’s application as Duterte Youth House rep
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday said it accepted the Duterte Youth Party-list’s petition to name former youth commissioner Ronald Cardema as one of its nominees in the House of Representatives.
— ABS-CBN News

PRRD always conscious not to offend LGBT sensibilities
Malacañang on Tuesday defended President Rodrigo Duterte from backlash following the chief executive’s remark that he used to be gay in his younger years.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte appoints ex-Army general as MWSS board member
President Rodrigo Duterte has named retired Army general Ricardo Morales as member of the board of trustees of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).
— Philippine News Agency

Bong Go, DSWD give cash assistance to Iligan fire victims
The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 10 (DSWD-10) and Senator-elect Lawrence “Bong” Go visited Monday afternoon (June 3) around 200 families left here homeless after a fire gutted their houses on May 29.
— Philippine News Agency

PCGG vows to sell Marcos jewelries within the year
Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) acting chairperson Reynold Munsayac on Tuesday vowed to sell the multi-million dollar jewelries seized from the family of graft convict and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos within the year following the green light it received from President Rodrigo Duterte.
— GMA News

FDA releases list of vinegar brands with synthetic acetic acid
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally released a list of vinegar brands that use synthetic acetic acid.
— CNN Philippines

PNP pushes for DNA database system
The Philippine National Police (PNP) urged lawmakers on Tuesday to pass a measure to institutionalize the country’s own forensic DNA database system.
— GMA News

Cagayan de Oro police chief dies after training accident
Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) chief Colonel Nelson Aganon, who figured in a training accident in May, died Tuesday, June 4, at around 3:30 pm. He was 46 years old.
— Rappler

Couple killed, 3 kids hurt in QC gun attack
A couple was shot dead while their three children were wounded when a gunman barged into their house and shot them in Barangay Payatas, Quezon City, Monday night.
— Tempo

DFA now affixes ‘Apostille’ instead of ‘red ribbon’ as proof of authentication
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) no longer issues Authentication Certificates with “red ribbon”, instead an Apostille is now being affixed to documents for use abroad as a proof of authentication.
— Philippine Information Agency

Cavite celebrates history, traditions this June
The month of June maybe considered as Cavite’s history and heritage month where three significant events are staged, which beckon both local and foreign tourists the chance to re-discover why Cavite is known as the “Historical Capital of the Philippines”.
— Philippine News Agency


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