Philippines morning news for November 14

Philippines morning news for November 14

Philippines morning news

Duterte’s golden age of infrastructure will have to be completed by next president
Rodrigo Duterte started his presidency with a promise that his time will be the golden age of infrastructure. While his vision is grand, the next president may have to execute and complete most of what will be left unfinished.
— Rappler

‘If 2020 budget stalls, expect a non-operating Barmm’
A non-operating Bangsamoro government is likely to happen next year if the 2020 regional budget is not passed this year, Bangsamoro officials said, citing the urgency to hire new personnel to fill the large void that will be left by outgoing personnel of the now defunct Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).
— Business Mirror

Robredo: US backs clearer data, widespread rehab in war on drugs
The US has expressed support for the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs, which is now led in part by opposition leader Vice President Leni Robredo, the co-chair of the Inter-Agency Council on Anti-Illegal Drugs.
— GMA Network

Infrastructure pace ‘still slow,’ but ‘underspending’ belied
DESPITE spending a trillion pesos in its massive infrastructure program, the Duterte administration is still “not happy” with the pace of implementation of its projects, deeming it “still slow.”
— Business Mirror

Government rice tariff take from traders hits P20.72 billion in October
THE government’s rice tariff collection as of end-October has reached P20.727 billion, of which P11.44 billion will be allocated for the government’s Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (RCEF) for next year, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).
— Business Mirror

Senators wary of Chinese ‘control’ over NGCP
Even the country’s power grid operator seems to have been controlled by the Chinese government, senators said Wednesday amid concerns over Beijing’s threat to national security.
— CNN Philippines

PNP’s Gamboa orders cops to ‘go offensive’ after Samar encounter
Continuous naman ‘yung aming warning sa kanila to defend vital installations especially police stations but if possible, also go offensive, Gamboa said in an ambush interview in Camp Crame.
— GMA Network

Dominguez says government will not repeal rice tariffication law, cites agri modernization
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said Wednesday the government will never repeal Republic Act 11203, or the Rice Tariffication Law, because the measure will not only make the country achieve greater food security but also revolutionize the agriculture sector.
— Manilastandard.net

Philippines Rate Expected to Stay Steady as Governor Signals Pause in Cuts
The Philippine central bank will likely leave its key interest rate unchanged at its policy meeting this week after cutting it three times since May, central bank watchers say.
— Bloomberg

PNP on alert for ‘Ramon’ onslaught
Philippine National Police (PNP) officer-in-charge, Lt. Gen. Archie Gamboa on Wednesday ordered police officers to initiate safety measures in areas along the path of tropical storm Ramon (international name Kalmaegi).
— Philippine News Agency

Bilibid prisoners’ death rate in ‘critical’ state –NBP hospital chief
One prisoner at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) dies each day amid an insufficiency of doctors and available medical facilities, the national penitentiary’s hospital chief said Wednesday.
— GMA Network

Rappler, Ressa seek outright dismissal of tax cases at CTA
Rappler Holdings Corporation (RHC) and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa moved for an outright dismissal of 4 counts of tax cases against them before the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA).
— Rappler

Philippines gets $10-M fund to boost early warning for disasters
The Philippines will now have access to $10 million from the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to create a multi-hazard forecasting and early warning system in times of disasters.
— Rappler

LIST: Duterte’s new and shelved infrastructure projects
The Duterte administration will not be pursuing at least 29 of its original big-ticket infrastructure projects, according to its new list .
— Rappler

‘Build, Build, Build’ beyond 75 key infra projects: DOTr
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday rejected Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon’s claim that the “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) program was a failure, citing numerous completed and ongoing infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration.
— Philippine News Agency

Technology aiding elderly people could improve Asia and Pacific economies –ADB
Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) new report on Wednesday revealed that adopting technology policies that improve the health, skills and labor of elderly people could be beneficial for Asia and Pacific region’s economies.
— GMA Network

PHL wins $10M grant for calamity early-warning system
THE Climate Change Commission (CCC) said it won a $10-million grant from the Green Climate Fund to establishing a multi-hazard impact-based forecasting and early warning system for natural calamities.
— BusinessWorld

Salceda files bill giving Duterte emergency powers to hasten Build, Build, Build
A measure has been filed at the House of Representatives seeking to grant special powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to adopt a national policy to fast-track the implementation of the Build, Build, Build program before he steps down in 2022.
— GMA Network

Recto asks AFP, PNP to ‘connive’ in protecting PHL from China firms
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto on Wednesday urged the police and the military to band together against what he claimed were security threats posed by more Chinese entities coming into the country.
— GMA Network

PNP, VP Leni to discuss ‘PH anti-drug strategy’
The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to discuss details of the Philippine Anti-Drug Strategy (PADS) with Vice President Leni Robredo.
— Philippine News Agency

Jail bureau seeks DoH help on medical staff
JAIL OFFICIALS want the help of the Health department about its insufficient medical staff and equipment.
— BusinessWorld

House signals willingness to harmonize land use legislation with NEDA draft
A DRAFT of the proposed National Land Use Act by the executive branch is expected to help a bill stuck in Congress make headway, paving the way for the two branches of government to arrive at a compromise version, a legislator said.
— BusinessWorld

Talisay City cops, private sector help out drug users’ kids
The police here on Wednesday launched a “feeding-and-talk” program that aims to ensure children of drug users will not be involved in the same illegal activities as their parents.
— Philippine News Agency

Road crashes in Pangasinan down by 27.94%
The Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) recorded 5,304 vehicular traffic incidents (VTI) from Jan. 1 to Oct.31 this year, 27.94 percent lower compared to 7,361 incidents in the same period last year.
— Philippine News Agency

PH gov’t boosts commitments in reproductive health
The Philippine government has reinforced its international commitments to improve programs in reproductive health in the country, and presented the milestones and policies already in place leading to real outcomes.
— Philippine News Agency

Deadly polio incurable, but easily preventable – DOH
The Department of Health (DOH) is urging parents to have their children below 5 years old immunized against the deadly polio virus.
— Philippine Information Agency

Fake PWD IDs selling for up to P2,000 each in Manila confiscated
SOCIAL Welfare and Development Secretary Ma. Asuncion “Re” Fugoso ordered the confiscation of fake persons with disability (PWD) IDs in Manila after learning that these were being sold from P500 to P2,000.
— Manila Times

Celebrating 500 years of Christianity in PH starts in Cebu
Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño here to witness the official launching of the 500th year anniversary celebration of the birth of Christianity and the arrival of the holy image of the Child Jesus in the country.
— Philippine News Agency

DOLE, NLRC ink deal to put up satellite offices in Bicol
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Bicol and the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on Tuesday, setting up NLRC satellite offices in DOLE field offices in Masbate City and Daet, an official said on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Family of 3 dies in Olongapo City fire
A married couple and their two-year old son died when a fire gutted an automotive store building where they were staying in this city on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Fitch Solutions: Revived PPP focus to help lure investors to flagship projects, but risks remain
THE GOVERNMENT’s recent decision to include more public-private partnership (PPP) projects on its revised “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) flagship infrastructure list should make this development centerpiece of the Duterte administration more attractive to private capital, Fitch Solutions Group Ltd said in a Nov. 12 note, even as it acknowledged that investors “continue to face a high degree of risk in the Philippines” due to deep-seated “bureaucratic inefficiencies” as well as “a high level of corruption.”
— BusinessWorld

Isabela City envisions to be ‘Sustainable City of the South’
“It is not only about peace and development anymore, but being a Sustainable City of the South,” a statement and vision of City Mayor Sitti Djalia Turabin-Hataman during the City Solid Waste Management Board first meeting held recently here.
— Philippine Information Agency

DND to reconsider AFP deal with China-backed telco after Senate review
The Department of National Defense (DND) will reconsider its position on the co-location agreement between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and China-backed telco Dito Telecommunity, after senators flagged serious cybersecurity concerns they found when they reviewed the deal’s documents.
— Rappler

PCUP Caravan aids Zamboanga City urban poor community
The Presidential Commission for Urban Poor (PCUP) led the recent conduct of a Serbisyo Caravan in barangay Mampang, this city bringing with them government services that residents usually find difficulty in availing.
— Philippine Information Agency

Cable TV group slams govt failure to resolve rural electric cooperatives’ high pole rentals
A group of cable TV and internet operators has accused the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and National Electrification Administration (NEA) of alleged insincerity in resolving the issue of high pole rentals imposed by rural electric cooperatives.
— Manila Times

Ifugao students trained on basic life support
Government agencies here are continuously providing enhancement training to students to be disaster first responders in the community to prevent the loss of lives and properties.
— Philippine Information Agency

PNP to give security to judges, lawyers over series of killings
THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is ready to provide security to the judiciary following a series of killings of its members.
— Manila Times

SK, LNB orientation kicks off constitutional reform campaign in Caraga
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Caraga, in coordination with the Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform Project Management Office (CFCR-PMO), is set to hold a Constitutional Reform advocacy campaign for Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officers and Liga ng mga Barangay (League of Barangays) presidents of Caraga region on November 14, 2019, this city.
— Philippine Information Agency

Stay out of danger zones, NoCot trekkers told
Disaster officials on Wednesday issued a stern warning against individuals who venture into hiking toward landslide areas earlier declared as “no man’s land” due to the high possibility of huge soil erosion as aftershocks continue to rock North Cotabato.
— Philippine News Agency

GenSan gears up for massive polio immunization
The city government has stepped up its preparations for the upcoming Mindanao-wide mass immunization campaign against polio, which seeks to cover some 75,545 infants and children here.
— Philippine News Agency

19 more NPA rebels yield in South Cotabato
At least 19 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels operating in the hinterlands of South Cotabato province have surrendered to police authorities following a series of negotiations.
— Philippine News Agency

Solon wants to fast-track passage of measures for retirees
A party-list lawmaker at the House of Representatives is pushing for the immediate passage of a set of measures catering to retirees, particularly the option for early retirement and an increase in their monthly pension.
— Philippine News Agency

Maguindanao guv favors martial law extension in Mindanao
Maguindanao Governor Bai Mariam Sangki-Mangudadatu on Tuesday said she wants martial law to continue in Mindanao, particularly in her province.”
— Philippine News Agency

3ID commander urges terrorists to surrender, avail gov’t programs
The new commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, Philippine Army has called on the remaining members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) terrorist to surrender to the government.
— Philippine Information Agency

AFP to recommend extension of martial law only in selected areas in Mindanao
The military will recommend the extension of martial law only in selected areas in Mindanao. Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Noel Clement made the confirmation after his confirmation hearing before the Commission on Appointments.
— Eagle News

BIR to conduct seminar for taxpayers
Taxpayers are given the chance to know about tax updates. Capiz Bureau of Internal Revenue head Eralen B. De Aro has called on the public to take part in their Year-End Adjustments and Tax Updates Seminar tomorrow, November 14, at the Provincial Capitol’s Hall of Governors.
— Philippine Information Agency

BIR padlocks warehouses in Valenzuela City for tax violations
The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR on Wednesday temporarily closed the business operations of different warehouses in Valenzuela City for tax law violations.
— Philippine News Agency

PDRRMO urges public to join earthquake drill on Nov.14
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer here called on the government officials and employees as well as the public to participate in the National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on Thursday, November 14, 2019. For San Jose town, the event will be held at the Provincial Capitol. “As …
— Philippine Information Agency

HIV an emerging concern in Central Visayas jails – BJMP
Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV is an emerging concern for jails in Central Visayas, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) said on Wednesday, November 13.
— Rappler

13 Bataan fishermen missing after boat sinks near Scarborough Shoal
Search and rescue operations are ongoing for 13 fishermen from Bataan who went missing when their boat sank near Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) last Thursday, November 7.
— Rappler

NDRRMC, Hungarian firm ink pact for mobile water treatment unit during disasters
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and the Hungarian Water Technology Corporation Inc. on Wednesday signed a memorandum of agreement which will allow the delivery of a mobile water treatment compact unit that may help supply clean water during calamities in the Philippines.
— GMA Network

SBMA takes back order imposing fines on stranded Vietnamese fishermen
After taking intense flak from Olongapo and Subic Freeport residents , the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority took a step back Wednesday, November 13, and said it would not impose fines on Vietnamese fishing boats stranded in the waters of the free port.
— Rappler

PHL envoy meets US lawmakers seeking De Lima release
Two US lawmakers who called for the release of Senator Leila De Lima sought a meeting with Philippine Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).
— GMA Network

NegOr authorities seize ‘hot meat’ from Cebu
Authorities on the lookout against the entry of the African swine fever (ASF) virus here intercepted 12 kilos of raw pork meat at the Bulado port in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

NPA’s ‘divide, rule’ ploy ruins traditions: IP leader
A leader of the Manobo tribe in Lianga, Surigao del Sur, has condemned the “divide and rule tactics” of the communist New People’s Army (NPA), saying the rebels are twisting the Indigenous Peoples’ (IPs) customs and traditions.
— Philippine News Agency

CA confirms appointment of Clement, promotion of Cusi
The Commission on Appointments has approved the ad interim appointment of General Noel Clement as Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff. Clement will serve as head of the AFP until January 2020.
— Eagle News

E. Samar dad strongly condemns the brutal killing of gov’t soldiers
Eastern Samar Governor Ben P. Evardone condemned the incident that killed six government soldiers in Sitio Bangon, Borongan City on November 11, 2019. In a text message to PIA 8, Evardone expressed his grief.
— Philippine Information Agency

Maguindanao Army division opens own drug testing center
This camp has opened a drug testing center to ensure soldiers of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division (6ID) remain drug-free and fit for service.
— Philippine News Agency

SC spokesperson: Retired CJ Bersamin getting death threats
Retired Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin is getting death threats, Supreme Court spokesperson Brian Hosaka said on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
— Eagle News

 

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