Philippines morning news for November 12

Philippines morning news for November 12

Philippines morning news

FDI inflows declined 40% to $4.5 billion in eight months
Net inflows of foreign direct investments fell 45 percent in August to $416 million from $758 million a year ago, as the uncertainty in the global environment continued to dampen investor sentiment, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said Monday.
— Manilastandard.net

Vaping in public now banned in Pasay City
The Pasay City government passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of vaping devices in enclosed public spaces.
— Rappler

PHL is 3rd most Android malware attacked country in SEA —Kaspersky
The Philippines is the third country in Southeast Asia with the most Android mobile malware attacks in the first nine months of the year, data released by Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lao AO on Monday showed.
— GMA News

Another possible typhoon this week as LPA enters Philippine area
THE LOW pressure area (LPA) east of Luzon has entered the Philippine area Monday afternoon, and weather bureau PAGASA said it could develop into a typhoon by today or tomorrow.
— BusinessWorld

Senate moves to update Foreign Investment Act of 1991
The Senate opened plenary deliberations Monday on a proposed law to further promote foreign investments by updating the “Foreign Invesments Act of 1991.
— Business Mirror

Quake-affected people placed at 260,492
The number of families affected by the magnitude 6.6 and 6.5 earthquakes that rattled Tulunan, North Cotabato, on Oct. 29 and 31 has climbed to 53,362 or 260,492 people, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Monday.
— Manilastandard.net

Senate vows to keep strict timeline for P4.1-trillion budget bill for 2020
SENATE leaders are moving to avert a repeat of the 2019 budget standoff, a scenario that could happen next month if Congress fails to pass the Palace-proposed P4.1-trillion 2020 budget before lawmakers adjourn for their traditional yearend recess on December 20.
— Business Mirror

PHL digital economy seen at $25 billion in 2025
WHILE the local digital economy is expected to balloon to $25 billion by 2025, the Philippines stands to be the nation with the smallest digital economy among six countries in the Southeast Asian region, according to a study conducted by Temasek and Google.
— Business Mirror

ASF legacy: Shrunken pork supply at end-2019
THE world will end 2019 with a smaller pork supply as China, the biggest consumer of pork, continues to grapple with the fatal African swine fever (ASF) while the disease spreads to meat-loving Southeast Asian countries like the Philippines, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.
— Business Mirror

Disease may wipe out PHL banana farms–FAO study
GOVERNMENTS of banana-producing countries should intensify their interventions against the dreaded Fusarium wilt, which puts exporters like the Philippines at risk of losing thousands of hectares of plantations by 2028, the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.
— Business Mirror

First two PH oilfields closed down
The Nido and Matinloc oilfields in northwest Palawan ceased production after four decades, the Energy Department said Monday.
— Manilastandard.net

Infrastructure can ease ‘time poverty’ of women, says ADB president
INFRASTRUCTURE can help empower women and reduce their “time poverty,” according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
— Business Mirror

House panel backs move to increase road users’ tax
THE House Committee on Ways and Means on Monday endorsed for plenary approval a measure increasing the Motor Vehicle Road Users’ (MVRU) Tax.
— Business Mirror

Rediscount availments up two-fold in Jan-Oct
AVAILMENTS of the central bank’s peso rediscount facility rose by more than two times in the first 10 months of the year, which indicate that banks are lending more to clients, analysts said.
— Manila Times

Palace slams Ressa for claim reporting in PHL ‘worse than any war zone’
Malacañang on Monday slammed Rappler CEO Maria Ressa for claiming that reporting in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte was worse than being in a war zone.
— GMA Network

PNP yet to purchase P300M worth of body cams despite allocation
The PNP has yet to buy body cameras despite the allocation of funds for their purchase in 2018, PNP officer in charge Archie Gamboa said on Monday.
— GMA Network

EcoWaste Coalition calls out illicit sale of banned cosmetics
With the 11.11 shopping bonanza getting underway on Monday, an environmental group urged online shopping platforms to initiate measures against the illicit sale of mercury-laced cosmetics banned by the health authorities.
— Manila Bulletin

PHL rice stocks grow 43% to 3-month high of 2.279 MMT
THE country’s total rice inventory as of October 1, expanded by 43.4 percent to a three-month high of 2.279 million metric tons (MMT) due to the increase in the stocks held by households, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.
— Business Mirror

Palace open to ending Tokhang as Leni wants
Malacañang on Monday expressed openness to Vice President Leni Robredo’s plan of changing the government’s strategy in its campaign against illegal drugs.
— GMA Network

4.4-magnitude quake strikes off Isabela
A 4.4-magnitude earthquake struck off Isabela on Monday, Nov. 11. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the quake, of tectonic origin, hit 26 kilometers southeast of Palanan at 8:28 a.m.
— Eagle News

Locsin to bar entry of Human Rights Watch officer
FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Monday said a Human Rights Watch (HRW) officer who pressed for the arrest of President Rodrigo Duterte will not be allowed to enter the Philippines.
— Manila Times

PH seriously considering safeguard duty on imported cars
The Philippine government is seriously evaluating the possibility of slapping safeguard duty on automobile imports in light of the surge in the importation of completely built-up (CBU) cars, which have caused injury to the domestic industry, and to protect of what is left of the local car manufacturing in the country.
— Manila Bulletin

Iloilo to auction P90M PECO assets with unpaid property taxes
THE ILOILO City government is putting up for auction today, Nov. 12, the assets of Panay Electric Co. (PECO), which have unpaid real estate taxes for two years.
— BusinessWorld

Bulacan allots P58-M for sewerage treatment plants in hospitals
A total of PHP58 million has been allotted for the construction of sewerage treatment plants in the provincial and district hospitals being administered by the provincial government of Bulacan.
— Philippine News Agency

Sotto: Pointless to ask for UN, US help in drug war
Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Monday said it might be pointless for the Philippines to ask for assistance from the United Nations and the United States in the fight against illegal drugs since they don’t know the drug problem in the country.
— Philippine News Agency

DOST hopes to open up 13K scholarship slots in 2020
Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Pena on Monday said he is hoping to increase the agency’s scholars to at least 13,000 in 2020 after a big number of students took the scholarship exam last October.
— Philippine News Agency

Tacloban-based groups to aid Mindanao quake victims
Civic organizations and a party-list group based in this city have tied up for the “Balik-Bulig” (giving back) drive for the earthquake victims in Mindanao.
— Philippine News Agency

Ivatan youth ink pledge to advocate federalism
The Ivatan youth sector here has signed a pledge of commitment to uphold and advocate the objectives of the proposed Constitutional Reform (CoRe) geared towards shifting government system into federal system.
— Philippine Information Agency

DTI, data scientists team up for AI road map
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it is currently crafting the country’s artificial intelligence (AI) sector road map in a bid to adopt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4ID).
— Manila Times

Duterte, Misuari meet to discuss ‘peace committee’
President Rodrigo Duterte and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari discussed the creation of a peace committee at the Malacañang Palace on Monday evening, according to Senator Bong Go.
— GMA Network

Recto wants P10,000 chalk allowance for teachers
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto on Monday, November 11 pushed for a higher chalk allowance for teachers amounting to P10,000 per school year, as the Senate panel on introduced the measure to the plenary.
— Rappler

Sexually transmitted dengue possible but rare –DOH
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that cases of sexually transmitted dengue are possible, but rare after the first case of dengue spread through sex was confirmed in Spain.
— GMA Network

Dumaguete bids for slaughterhouse upgrade, NMIS accreditation
A long-overdue rehabilitation project to upgrade the slaughterhouse here is now underway with an initial budget of PHP4 million, a city government official said.
— Philippine News Agency

PAL Holdings president Bong Tan dies
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Airlines (PAL) Holdings president Lucio Bong Tan Jr died on Monday, November 11. He was 53.
— Rappler

Robredo discusses community-based rehab programs with UNODC reps
With 90 percent of drug dependents in the country classified as slight or occasional drug users, Vice President Leni Robredo–in her capacity as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs–discussed how to improve community-based rehabilitation centers in her meeting with UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) representatives and other community-based advocacy groups.
— GMA Network

Indonesia’s Gojek to enter PH’s ride-hailing market
Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. hailed on Sunday the entry of a new transport network company to restore competition and provide another option for commuters in the clogged streets of the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

Palace ‘bothered’ by death of another PMA cadet
Malacañang on Monday expressed concern over the death of another Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet.
— GMA Network

Cayetano hopeful to have 2020 budget signed by December
House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday expressed hope that the proposed PHP4.1-trillion 2020 national budget bill will be signed earlier than expected next month.
— Philippine News Agency

Maranao royal insists PRRD has Maranao blood
A member of the Maranao royalty sought to disprove Monday a book that casts doubts on President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloodline, by hinting that the President does not have Maranao blood through his grand maternal lineage.
— Philippine News Agency

PRO-7 wants ‘air-tight’ case vs. mastermind in radioman’s slay
The regional director of the Police Regional Office-7 (PRO-7) on Monday ordered Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office chief, Col. Julian Entoma to focus on establishing “air-tight” case against the mastermind in the murder of a broadcast journalist in Dumaguete City.
— Philippine News Agency

P’sinan city residents feast on pork dishes to allay ASF scare
Residents here have feasted on 13 lechon baboy (roasted pigs), pork barbeque and other pork viands, and slices of hotdog to show that this city is free from African swine fever (ASF) and to encourage people to consume pork products from other localities.
— Philippine News Agency

MGB seeks evacuation in Davao del Sur critical areas
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Region 11 (MGB-11) has recommended the immediate evacuation and relocation of families living in critical areas in Davao del Sur, which were severely hit by the recent earthquakes.
— Philippine News Agency

DOTr says MRT-7 almost 50 percent complete; target date of completion set at year 2022
The Metro Rail Transit Line 7 is now 49.22 percent complete. The Department of Transportation said so far, the required rolling stock of 108 cars have been completed, and are only awaiting shipment pending the availability of the holding area.
— Eagle News

Health sectors urged to combat air pollution
An international non-governmental organization (NGO) that works to transform health care worldwide is encouraging the health sector in Iloilo City to communicate the health effects of air pollution.
— Philippine Information Agency

Senate ratifies bicam report on bill postponing barangay, SK polls
The Senate on Monday ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill postponing the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, originally scheduled for May 2020, to December 5, 2022.
— GMA Network

Senate urges gov’t not to pursue sugar liberalization
The Senate adopted on Monday, November 11 the resolution urging the the executive branch not to pursue the planned sugar liberalization to safeguard the welfare of sugar farmers and industry workers in the country.
— Rappler

Bill declaring day of remembrance for road crash victims OK’d by Senate on final reading
Voting 20-0, the Senate approved on third and final reading Monday a bill seeking to declare every third Sunday of November as national day of remembrance for road crash victims, survivors, and their families.
— GMA Network

P5-million extortion case sabotages PNP’s bid for body cameras
Initially promised to be rolled out in 2018, thousands of body cameras have been delayed for over a year already because of a P5-million extortion case, Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa announced on Monday, November 11.
— Rappler

Did Vice-President Leni Robredo just make a bad judgment?
In accepting the job of co-chair of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-illegal Drugs (ICAD), Vice-President Leni Robredo said, “In the end, the most important consideration for me is simple: if this is the chance to stop the killings of the innocent and to bring to account those responsible, I will take upon this challenge.
— BusinessWorld

Bataan town farmers receive free certified palay seeds
The Philippine Rice Institute (PhilRice) distributed on Monday free certified palay seeds to farmers here.
— Philippine News Agency

LIST: Chokepoint areas, affected roads during SEA Games 2019
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) identified a number of chokepoint and roads which will be affected by the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games from November 30 to December 11.
— Rappler

Gift-giving, feeding sessions better than giving alms to beggars
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Monday reiterated its appeal to the public to refrain from giving alms to children in the streets.
— Philippine News Agency

5 Antique towns welcome gov’t convergence program
The local government units (LGUs) of Antique lauded the government’s convergence program that was launched last week in the municipality of Valderrama.
— Philippine News Agency

Senate passes Malasakit Center bill on final reading
The Senate on Monday passed on third and final reading a proposed measure seeking to institutionalize the establishment of Malasakit Centers in all Department of Health (DOH) hospitals nationwide and at the Philippine General Hospital.
— Philippine News Agency

DA promotes value-adding for higher income to farmers
Beyond production, farmers should also go into value-adding, the new direction in agriculture. This was highlighted during the Farmers’ Field Day at the Department of Agriculture (DA) – Caraga’s Trento Research Experiment Station (RES) in Agusan del Sur, which focused on Mushroom production.
— Philippine Information Agency

DA-8 assists coffee farmers, gives coffee processing equipment
The Department of Agriculture (DA) – Regional Office 8 (DA-8) has turned over to a farmer’s association here Wednesday, Nov. 6, a building and several equipment for churning locally-harvested coffee beans into high-quality powder good for brewing.
— Philippine Information Agency

 

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