Philippines morning news for November 5

Philippines morning news for November 5

Philippines morning news

Duterte, other leaders skip summit with US; Trump no-show
Southeast Asian leaders including President Rodrigo Duterte skipped the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-United States Summit on Monday after American President Donald Trump was a no-show.
— Manilastandard.net

Duterte administration revisits PPP to boost BBB infrastructure program
The national government is now fine-tuning the framework of cooperation between the state- and-private sector entities for infrastructure projects to ensure the continuity of public-private partnership (PPP) initiatives.
— Business Mirror

Tardy Duterte misses Asean Plus Three Summit photo session
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday did not make it to the family photo session at the 22nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Plus Three Summit.
— Inquirer.net

Duterte urges India to ‘conclude’ RCEP
President Rodrigo Duterte has urged India to “conclude” the proposed free trade deal with other Asia Pacific countries “in order to narrow the development gap.” India in Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday, his spokesman Salvador …
— Manila Times

Duterte calls on Western countries to cease from dumping trash in Asia
Western countries should stop making developing countries as dumping ground for their garbage, including those labeled for recycling, President Duterte declared Monday.
— Manila Bulletin

PMI: PHL manufacturing outpaces most of Asean
PHILIPPINE manufacturing growth outpaced most of the region anew in October, the most recent Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data showed. Manufacturers, however, showed weaker optimism for the coming months as the rest of the region’s manufacturing sector slumps.
— Business Mirror

Duterte back in PHL from 35th ASEAN Summit
President Rodrigo Duterte returned to the country Monday night after attending the 35th ASEAN Summit in Thailand, according to a report by Ralph Obina for Super radyo dzBB.
— GMA Network

‘Nothing new’ in Chinese warship shooing away Filipino-manned vessel from Panatag Shoal –Cayetano
Although not necessarily agreeing to the act, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Monday said there is nothing new with a Chinese naval warship telling a Filipino-manned Greek-owned vessel to veer away from the Panatag Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.
— GMA Network

Government outstanding debt rises 10.4% at end-Sept.
THE Department of Finance (DoF) said it is studying proposals to tax salty food as a health measure, including the practicalities of such a scheme and its possible impact on inflation.
— BusinessWorld

No pork, no corruption in 2020 budget bill, House leaders assure Lacson
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano assured Senator Panfilo Lacson and the public that even in their deliberations in the bicameral conference committee, there will be no parked funds, no pork and no corruption in the 2020 national budget.
— GMA Network

DA to release ASF zoning plan
The Department of Agriculture will soon release an African Swine Fever zoning plan as an added measure to stop the spread of the hog disease.
— GMA Network

Locsin refuses to call out China ship harassment in West Philippine Sea
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Teddyboy Locsin Jr refused to call out China over its harassment of a Filipino-crewed commercial ship near Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) in the West Philippine Sea, saying that doing so would compromise the employment of thousands of seafarers.
— Rappler

Pork from China caused African swine fever outbreak in Philippines
The Department of Agriculture (DA) pointed to smuggled pork from China as the culprit behind the outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in the Philippines.
— Rappler

House OKs resolution extending validity of 2019 budget
The House of Representatives passed a joint resolution extending the validity of the current P3.757-trillion budget in 2019 until December 31, 2020.
— Rappler

Duterte to UN, Asean: Enhance security cooperation
President Rodrigo Duterte has urged the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the United Nations (UN) to enhance their cooperation in fighting security threats in the region.
— Manila Times

China Wins The South China Sea Map War Against The Philippines
Manila is giving in to Beijing’s ambitions to redraw the map of the South China Sea — by agreeing to once again place a visa sticker and stamp on Chinese passports printed with a nine-dash line in the South China Sea.
— Forbes

GOCC subsidies rise 3-fold in September
The national government extended P54.7 billion in subsidies to state-owned corporations last September, bulk of which went to Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to support of its health insurance program, data from the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) showed.
— The Philippine Star

Quakes damage 700 schools—DepEd
The Department of Education, facing a shortage of school shelters in earthquake-ravaged areas in Mindanao, said Monday it needed at least P1.6 billion to replace 500 classrooms and repair 700 school buildings.
— Manilastandard.net

Manila urges closer tie-up against China
The Secretary of the Philippines’ Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Martin Andanar, urged Asean to increase its cooperation against China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea and ramp up counter-terrorism efforts against the Islamic State (IS) group within the region.
— Bangkok Post

DoF’s Dominguez sees 2019 GDP at low end of 6-7% target range
FINANCE Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III said economic growth in 2019 will come in at the lower end of the government’s target range of 6-7%, ahead of the third quarter GDP announcement this week.
— BusinessWorld

Japanese firms present PHL investment plans worth $215M
THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it heard proposals for potential investments worth $215 million from Japanese companies at the Philippine-Japan Business Investment Forum.
— BusinessWorld

Roadmap supporting natural capital accounting developed: NEDA
The country has developed an institutionalization roadmap for management of natural resources that contribute to development, as the economy is in sharp upward trajectory of growth.
— Philippine News Agency

DepEd pushes for greater interest in agriculture among learners
For the Department of Education (DepEd), the interest in agriculture should start at the basic education level so learners would have “lasting” passion about it.
— Manila Bulletin

Noisy tailpipes banned in Pasay, mayor reiterates
Pasay City has ordered that noisy tailpipes—those that are intentionally made or altered to emit a loud sound—are not allowed on motor vehicles, both private and for public transport, plying the streets of the city.
— Manilastandard.net

Quezon City fire leaves 90 families homeless
At least 90 families were left homeless when a fire struck the Commonwealth Market in Quezon City on Sunday.
— The Philippine Star

BSP to review regulation on sustainable finance
To address the threats of climate change head on, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is set to review the groundwork for an environmentally sustainable financial system before the end of the year.
— Manila Bulletin

ABS-CBN loses up to P400 million to piracy
Media and entertainment giant ABS-CBN Corp. estimates to have lost P300 million to P400 million in revenue last year due to piracy.
— The Philippine Star

NV spice farmers gain P7.1 million in aid
The provincial government here has released P7.1 million in assistance to farmers to boost their production of garlic, onion, and ginger here.
— Manilastandard.net

DA, Pampanga hand out P7.7 million in loans to 500 local rice farmers
About 500 farmers from two cities and three towns of Pampanga have received cash cards with P15,000 each under the Department of Agriculture’s Expanded Survival and Recovery Assistance Program for Rice Farmers.
— Manilastandard.net

Senate sets target for 2020 budget OK
SENATE plenary deliberation on the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 will begin on Nov. 11 as the chamber eyes bicameral approval by the first week of December, Senate leaders said on Monday.
— BusinessWorld

ADB opens election for next president
Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB) has opened the election for its next president on Monday.
— Manila Times

PLDT gets $1M training grant from USTDA
The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is supporting PLDT, Inc.’s preparations for the rollout of its fifth generation (5G) network by providing the telecommunications giant with a $1-million (around P50.5 million) training grant.
— BusinessWorld

Revised flagship program list could grow after NEDA review
THE revised flagship infrastructure program will likely contain more projects after it is reviewed by economic managers when the National Economic and Development Authority’s (NEDA) Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) and Committee on Infrastructure (INFRACOM) meet jointly Wednesday.
— BusinessWorld

Salty food next on tax authorities’ radar
THE Department of Finance (DoF) said it is studying proposals to tax salty food as a health measure, including the practicalities of such a scheme and its possible impact on inflation.
— BusinessWorld

Pangasinan records zero drowning incident on Undas
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) recorded zero drowning incident during this year’s Undas celebration from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.
— Philippine News Agency

With masterplan, Davao hopes to avoid pitfalls of rapid urbanization
AN URBAN planner wants to transform Mindanao into the “front door” of the Philippines, beginning with the development of the Davao Region.
— BusinessWorld

Senators thumb down Lacson’s proposal to adopt House version of 2020 budget
Senators on Monday thumbed down Senator Panfilo Lacson’s suggestion that the upper chamber adopt the proposed 2020 national budget approved by the House of Representatives.
— GMA Network

Parked funds the new pork? Lacson asks DBM to explain outlays sans purpose
Senator Panfilo Lacson on Monday said that he would ask the Department of Budget and Management to explain the parked funds worth over P20 billion in the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020 it submitted to Congress.
— GMA Network

African swine fever spreads to Novaliches in Quezon City
Yet another barangay in Quezon City has been infected with African swine fever (ASF), this time in Novaliches.
— Rappler

House drops bill granting Duterte emergency powers vs traffic
The House of Representatives is no longer prioritizing the bill that would give President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to deal with the perennial traffic problem.
— Rappler

Maritime expert hits Panelo for downplaying China ship harassment
Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal took exception to Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo’s insistence that the harassment of a Chinese naval warship of Filipino-crewed commercial ship passing by Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) is not Malacañang’s concern.
— Rappler

Comelec not surprised by postponement of barangay, SK polls
The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill postponing the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, a move that did not surprise the Commission on Elections (Comelec).”This does not come as a surprise.
— Philippine News Agency

Labor officer gunned down in Manila
THE Department of Labor and Employment condemned the killing on Monday of a labor officer in Manila. Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the car being driven by Ellen Dacanay late Monday afternoon.
— Manila Times

Good governance seal elates poor Eastern Samar town
Receiving the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is motivating a poverty-stricken and rural town in Eastern Samar to improve its delivery of basic services.
— Philippine News Agency

DSWD-Bicol sends P12-M relief items to quake-hit areas
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Bicol on Sunday shipped several truckloads of relief materials to the earthquake-hit areas in Mindanao.
— Philippine News Agency

No hard evidence to file admin case vs Albayalde over ninja cops – Año
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año found no hard evidence that would merit an administrative complaint against former police chief General Oscar Albayalde over the ninja cops controversy, despite the criminal complaint filed by the national police investigators.
— Rappler

New anti-drug agency? Aquino says why not just modernize PDEA, DDB
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Director General Aaron Aquino is more in favor of the government modernizing the agency and the Dangerous Drugs Board instead of a new body meant to curb the drug menace.
— GMA Network

Greece shouldn’t be deprived of protecting its own ship: Palace
Malacañang insisted that the government of Greece and not the Philippines should take a stand on the incident involving a Greek oil tanker with an all-Filipino crew allegedly harassed by a Chinese warship near the Scarborough Shoal (Panatag Shoal) last Sept. 30.
— Philippine News Agency

Solons pledge financial help to Mindanao quakes victims –Cayetano
House members have pledged financial help to the victims of the twin earthquakes that hit parts of Mindanao last week, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Monday.
— GMA Network

PDEA chief’s remark that Robredo will fail as drug czar shows admin’s offer is insincere — Gutierrez
PDEA chief Aaron Aquino’s prediction that Vice President Leni Robredo will fail as a drug czar proves that the Duterte administration is not serious in seeking Robredo’s help in eradicating illegal drugs, Robredo’s spokesperson said Monday.
— GMA Network

PNP should strengthen criminal case vs. Albayalde — PDEA chief Aquino
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) chief Director-General Aaron Aquino on Monday said that the Philippine National Police (PNP) should strengthen the criminal case it filed against former top cop Police General Oscar Albayalde in connection with a questionable drug bust in Pampanga six years ago.
— GMA Network

House OKs bill postponing 2020 barangay, SK polls to December 2022
The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading the measure postponing the scheduled May 2020 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.
— GMA Network

Emergency powers to solve traffic no longer a priority –Cayetano
The House of Representatives is no longer keen on prioritizing the measure giving emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to address the perennial traffic problem in urban areas, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Monday.
— GMA Network

Thunderstorm advisory hoisted over Pampanga, other areas
A thunderstorm advisory has been hoisted over Pampanga and other areas.
— Eagle News

Philippines’ Cebu Pacific places $4.8 billion Airbus order
The Philippines’ largest budget airline Cebu Air Inc has ordered 16 Airbus planes worth $4.8 billion, the carrier said Monday, as it aims to expand carrying capacity with larger, more fuel-efficient jets.
— Eagle News

Senate approves measure using 4Ps fund to buy palay from PH farmers on final reading
The Senate approved on 3rd and final reading a measure authorizing the use of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) rice subsidy funds to buy palay (unhusked rice) from local farmers in select provinces.
— Rappler

DA confirms Mekeni longganisa, hotdog tested positive for African swine fever
The Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) under the Department of Agriculture (DA) confirmed that some pork products of Mekeni Foods Corporation tested positive for African swine fever (ASF) .
— Rappler

Another village chief shot dead in Bulacan town
Another village chief in this town was killed in an ambush by still unidentified riding in tandem suspects in Barangay Lapnit on Monday morning.
— Philippine News Agency

Global child rights group inks partnership with Catanduanes, DepEd
Fundacion Educacion y Cooperacion (Educo) signed a partnership agreement with the provincial government of Catanduanes, the Department of Education (DepEd) Catanduanes Schools Division, and the municipal government of Caramoran last Tuesday (October 29, 2019).
— Philippine Information Agency

PNP launches drug prevention education drive in Bicol
The Philippine National Police in Bicol has launched the “Project READY” to protect young people from the harmful effects of illegal drugs.
— Philippine Information Agency

Antique hopes to boost food security with guv back at RDC helm
Antique is hoping to boost its food security plan with the re-appointment of Governor Rhodora Cadiao as chairperson of the Regional Development Council (RDC) from 2019 to 2022.
— Philippine News Agency

DICT to set up free Wi-Fi zone in NegOcc Capitol
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is preparing to set up a free Wi-Fi service within the provincial capitol building and lagoon here.DICT-Negros Occidental Romeo Tome said the first access point has already been installed inside the building, as of Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Passage of Department of Disaster Resilience bill seen
SENATE President Vicente Sotto 3rd is optimistic that the measure that proposes the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) will be approved before lawmakers take their Christmas break.
— Manila Times

House honors outgoing Chinese envoy for stronger PHL-China ties
The House of Representatives on Monday adopted a resolution honoring outgoing Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua for his extraordinary contributions to fostering a strong Philippine-China bilateral relations.
— GMA Network

Regular pay for village execs seen to perk up service delivery
Giving regular salaries and benefits to barangay officials will empower them to perk up delivery of basic priority services down to the grassroots in the country’s 42,045 villages, the top presidential aide in the Visayas on Monday said.
— Philippine News Agency

DOLE field officer shot dead in Manila
An employee of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Manila field office was shot dead on Monday afternoon, November 4, in Malate.
— Rappler

PH Tax Academy to rise in New Clark City
Department of Finance (DOF) is set to build the main campus of the Philippine Tax Academy (PTA) on a portion of a 10-hectare lot at New Clark City.
— Philippine Information Agency

MRT train emits smoke, 530 passengers unloaded
SOME 530 passengers had to be unloaded when a north-bound Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3) train emitted smoke at Santolan-Annapolis station on Monday. In a statement on the train line’s social media platforms, a driver reported smoke emitting from one of its trains at 4:08 p.m. on Monday.
— Manila Times

2 Filipino doctors chosen among next generation of IAP Young Physician Leaders
The next generation of physician leaders has already been selected for this year’s InterAcademy Partnership’s (IAP) Young Physician Leaders (YPL) Programme. Two Filipino physicians made the cut and will join 20 other outstanding early career physicians in Berlin, Germany, on October 22 to 24, 2019, in conjunction with the leading international forum for global health, the World Health Summit.
— Rappler

PDEA raises alarm over illegal drugs in music festivals, concerts
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Monday has raised alarm over the sneaking of illegal drugs into music festivals, concerts and other similar events.
— Tempo

Gov’t continues response efforts to quake-stricken DavSur towns
The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council led by the Office of the Civil Defense XI with their Emergency Operation Center is still in red alert status responding to the urgent needs of affected areas following the recent string of strong earthquakes in Davao Region.
— Philippine Information Agency

NV power coop supports Nat’l Greening Program
More than 500 tree seedlings have been planted by the officials and workers of the Nueva Vizcaya Electric Cooperative (NUVELCO) at barangay Ineangan in Dupax del Norte town.
— Philippine Information Agency

Robredo asks PET for extension of deadline to submit memorandum on manual recount results
Vice President Leni Robredo has asked the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to give her time to file her memorandum in relation to the poll protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos against her.
— Eagle News

Don’t donate infant formula milk to disaster victims – nutrition council
The National Nutrition Council (NNC) advises people against donating infant formula milk to victims of the recent earthquakes that rocked Cotabato and other parts of Mindanao last week.
— Rappler

Cayetano has ‘personal complaint’ over ABS-CBN franchise renewal
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said he has a personal complaint against the bill that would renew ABS-CBN Corporation’s franchise, but he promised the House of Representatives would be fair in tackling the measure .
— Rappler

DFA warns Filipinos against using fake Korea visa services
The Philippine embassy in Seoul urged Filipinos to be wary of fake visa processing services, usually aimed at irregular migrants.
— Rappler

 

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