Philippines morning news for October 1

Philippines morning news for October 1

Philippines morning news

BSP expects 0.6-1.4% Sept. inflation
THE OVERALL increase in prices of widely used goods could have clocked in at its slowest clip in at least three years last month, as a decline in rice prices and electricity rates was partly offset by higher prices of fuel at the pump and other food items, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said on Monday.
— BusinessWorld

African Swine Fever reaches Pangasinan; at least 71 pigs culled
African Swine Fever (ASF) has reached Pangasinan after blood samples of hogs suspected to be suffering from ASF tested positive for the virus.
— Eagle News

PHL stands to lose P30B in Aussie loan due to Duterte order
The Philippines risks missing a P30 billion loan from the Australian government for the modernization of the Philippine Navy because of President Rodrigo Duterte’s order stopping negotiations and agreements from countries that backed a United Nations probe on the bloody war on drugs.
— GMA Network

UNICEF: Infant and maternal deaths in PHL drop in 2018
The number of infant deaths in the country dropped by nearly half in 2018, while less Filipino women died from childbirth complications in the same year, according to a United Nations report.
— GMA Network

Foreign Affairs told of Chinese ships near disputed South China Sea shoal
THE PHILIPPINE military has reported the unannounced entry of Chinese vessels near Second Thomas Shoal in the South China Sea to the Foreign Affairs department for appropriate diplomatic action, its newly appointed chief said yesterday.
— BusinessWorld

3 cooperatives sign power deal
THREE electric cooperatives in Mindanao have signed an agreement with a non-government group to power the provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur using renewable energy.
— BusinessWorld

20K pigs culled due to ASF: DA chief
Some 20,000 pigs have been culled due to the African Swine Fever (ASF) virus, Agriculture Secretary William Dar said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

PH banks ‘well-equipped’ vs corporate debts fallout
Corporate debts in the Philippines are high but banks can handle if it escalates to any conglomerate fallout, International credit ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service said.
— Manila Times

Pangasinan enforces protocol vs ASF
MAPANDAN, Pangasinan — The provincial government of Pangasinan is implementing the “1-7-10 protocol” of the Department of Agriculture to manage and control the African swine fever (ASF) from spreading.
— Philippine News Agency

Beijing Preps 10-Story Oil Drilling Platform for South China Sea despite Wary Vietnam | Voice of America
China has developed a giant new offshore oil exploration platform for possible use in disputed tracts of sea, a move that would anger Vietnam and extend years of energy-related disputes between the two Asian neighbors.
— Spratly Islands

Gang riot in overcrowded prison in the Philippines turns deadly
At least two people were reported killed and 32 others injured when a riot between rival gangs broke out in the Manila City Jail in the capital of the Philippines, authorities said on Monday.
— Al Jazeera

Kids aged 5-years and below to get free polio vaccination
About 259,000 children are targeted to avail the free polio vaccination initiated by the Department of Health (DOH) for its first round of vaccination from October 14 to 27, 2019 in the entire Davao City and Davao del Sur.
— Philippine Information Agency

Eradicating hazing
THE death of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cade Darwin Dormitorio and the viral Twitter post about a heavily beaten individual (allegedly a student of the University of the Philippines) and screenshots of a group chat allegedly among members of a UP fraternity are proofs that hazing, particularly in tertiary education institution-based …
— Tempo

Palace pulls all stops to ensure successful PH hosting of 10th ASEAN Para Games next year
In Memorandum Circular No. 67 issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, government agencies and local government units have been asked to extend support to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) in the preparation, organization, and hosting of the upcoming regional games.
— Manila Bulletin

Chinese Coast Guard vessel spotted near Ayungin Shoal –AMTI
A Chinese Coast Guard vessel was seen within four to five nautical miles off Ayungin Shoal, tracking data from the Asia Maritime Transparency Institute (AMTI) revealed.
— GMA Network

Nunungan hosts 2019 National Peace Consciousness, Clean-Up Month
With its vast forested mountains and rich natural resources, the national government chose Nunungan to host this month’s event that focused on environmental care and consciousness on the importance of unity to attain lasting peace.
— Philippine Information Agency

Tech startups compete to represent PH at the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2019
It has been predicted that by 2050, the Philippines will reach 145 million in population and will become the 16th largest economy in the world. The country’s startup scene is active due to the vibrant ecosystem of investors, angels, and government support.
— Rappler (media release)

Jeepney strike forces Metro Manila cities to suspend classes
JEEPNEY drivers and operators held a nationwide transport strike yesterday to protest a government plan to modernize the country’s transport system.
— BusinessWorld

BSP eyes September ’19 inflation between 0.6%-1.4%
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has a forecast range of 0.6 percent to 1.4 percent for September inflation given the sustained drop in domestic rice prices and power rates.In a statement Monday, the central bank said its Department of Economic Research (DER), however, projects the impact of lower rice and power rates to be countered by …
— Philippine News Agency

Delos Santos rules Mau, Robins-Hardy out of ASEAN GP second leg
National team head coach Shaq Delos Santos has said that Kalei Mau and Alohi Robins-Hardy are some of the unavailable players for the Philippine Women’s National Volleyball Team’s campaign in the second leg of the ASEAN Grand Prix in Sta. Rosa, Laguna from October 4 to 6.
— Tiebreaker Times

President Duterte all set for second trip to Russia for bilateral meeting with President Putin
President Rodrigo Duterte is all set for his five-day state visit to Russia upon the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
— Eagle News

Poll watchdog urges lawmakers to include party-list nominees in appointment ban
Following pro-Duterte blogger Mocha Uson’s newest appointment after her loss in the May 2019 party-list elections, poll watchdog Kontra Daya urged lawmakers to expand the one-year ban on appointive posts to include party-list nominees.
— Rappler

Europeans top list of foreign retirees in NegOr – PRA
European nationals top the list of foreigners who availed of the Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SSRV) to live and stay in Negros Oriental.
— Philippine Information Agency

SC: To avoid recycling, police can destroy seized drugs with no court cases
Court Administrator Midas Marquez said on Monday, September 30, that seized drugs that have no corresponding court cases yet can be destroyed by law enforcement authorities on their own discretion.
— Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Piston says nationwide transport strike a success
Instead of holding onto their steering wheels, hundreds of jeepney drivers nationwide held up banners and joined the transport strike on Monday, September 30, to renew their call to junk the implementation of the Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) modernization program.
— Rappler

House body zeroes in on POGO taxation in next crackdown phase
AS PART of an overall government bid to better track Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO), the House of Representatives Ways and Means committee is drafting a bill that aims to make it easier to collect taxes from the sector.
— BusinessWorld

PGA Sompo earns AM Best ‘Good’ ratings
PGA Sompo Insurance Corporation earned “Good” ratings on two aspects of its operations from global rating agency AM Best, which focuses on the insurance industry worldwide.
— Manila Times

Tax on green vehicles pushed
The road user’s tax must also be imposed on green vehicles, the Department of Finance (DoF) said.
— Manila Times

Bloomberry ordered to pay $100M in damages to GGAM
A SINGAPORE-BASED tribunal has ordered Bloomberry Resorts Corp. to pay over $100 million (P5.2 billion) to Global Gaming Asset Management Philippines (GGAM) as damages for lost management fees for the termination of its management services in 2013 and other costs, and to buy back about P10.17 billion worth of its shares held by GGAM.
— BusinessWorld

From 1,914 to 19: PNP resumes hunt vs GCTA-freed convicts
After being ordered to stop their arrest of 1,914 convicts supposedly mistakenly released through the controversial Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) law, the Philippine National Police (PNP) is back on the field.
— Rappler

87 surrenderers already released by BuCor as of September 30 –DOJ
The Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) has released 87 former prisoners who heeded President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to surrender despite not being covered by the directive, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said Monday.
— GMA Network

Cagayan Valley unaffected by transport strike
The transport strike in Cagayan Valley hardly made a dent in the passenger utility jeep operations on Monday as almost no one among the operators and drivers participated in the announced nationwide transport strike.
— Philippine News Agency

Celebrity blogger appointed to OWWA
PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has appointed celebrity blogger Esther Margaux “Mocha” J. Uson as deputy executive director of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
— BusinessWorld

Oil companies cut prices starting today
IL COMPANIES will cut prices starting Tuesday after last week’s hefty price hike.
— BusinessWorld

Manila port operator ordered to pay P33-M in deficiency tax
The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has ordered publicly-listed port operator, Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI), to pay the City of Manila PHP33.36 million representing deficiency in local business tax for the years 2013 and 2014.
— Philippine News Agency

Comelec-Dumaguete deletes 13K registered voters from list
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) here has deleted some 13,000 registered voters from its official list for their failure to vote in two succeeding elections.
— Philippine News Agency

Senate to check AFP-Dito deal before Lorenzana decides on it
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana agreed to defer approval of a deal allowing China-backed Dito Telecommunity to set up equipment in military facilities, until after the Senate examines the details of the agreement.
— Rappler

LPG prices to go up by P4 to P5/kg
While there would be rollback in prices at petroleum pumps this week, the cost of cooking fuel will make a dent on household budgets as the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is anticipated to go up by P4.00 to P5.00 per kilogram starting October 1.
— Tempo

DOT wants to regulate Airbnb lodgings
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is considering regulating bookings made through home-sharing app Airbnb.
— Rappler

Syngenta: Stopping the march of the Fall Armyworm
Since it landed in Africa from its native South America in 2016, Spodoptera frugiperda, or the lepidopteran Fall Armyworm (FAW) has quietly eaten a path to Asia. The continent’s favorable sub-tropical environment and crops provided a steady medium of growth.
— BusinessWorld

Making the right moves
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Philippines 2019 has concluded its search for the country’s most successful and inspiring entrepreneurs.
— BusinessWorld

LandBank, LGU ink deal for disaster preparedness
State-run Land Bank of the Philippines has entered a term loan agreement with the Municipality of Lutayan in Sultan Kudarat to construct a two-storey municipal hall building that will also …
— Manila Times

PCC approves Pasay JV with Dennis Uy-led group
THE Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) green-lit a joint venture (JV) between the City Government of Pasay and a group led by Davao-based businessman Dennis A. Uy that will pave the way for a 265-hectare Manila Bay land reclamation project in Pasay City.
— BusinessWorld

Plastic bag placed on Dormitorio’s head after beating at PMA, cops say
“It seems as if there was a consistent effort on their part na they were hurting Cadet Dormitorio that ultimately led to his death,” Baguio City chief of police Police Colonel Allen Rae Co said.
— GMA Network

Art installation to depict 40 years of MassKara Festival
Homegrown artist RJ Lacson will unveil an art installation depicting 40 years of the world-renowned MassKara Festival on the night of October 6 at the fountain area of the Bacolod Government Center here.
— Philippine News Agency

Senate approves bill deferring 2020 polls
HE SENATE on Monday approved on third and final reading a bill postponing village and youth elections to December 5, 2022 from May next year.
— BusinessWorld

High teen pregnancy cases in Eastern Visayas alarms PopCom
The Commission on Population (PopCom) has expressed concern over the rise in cases of teenage pregnancy in Eastern Visayas with 7 percent of teenage girls in the region already mothers.
— Philippine News Agency

The buzz, PET
WOULD you believe the buzz coming out of political circles? Senator Bong Go is the chosen one for 2022. Even more unbelievable, or remarkable, his running mate for VP will be – guess who but the man who’s always seen standing beside him, in front of him, whose fresh off-the-cuff statements he’s repeating like […]
— Tempo

8 digit landline numbers to take effect on Oct. 6 in Metro Manila, neighboring areas
-Starting October 6, all landline customers in Metro Manila and neighboring areas will have eight-digit telephone numbers in accordance with a National Telecommunications directive.
— Eagle News

DTI alerts public anew against online scams
DAGUPAN CITY, Sept. 30 (PIA) – Pangasinan alerted the public anew against online scams and fraud as online shopping is considered as a very convenient way to access goods and services.
— Philippine Information Agency

Senators want Philippines to stop exporting sugar to U.S.
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri slammed the Sugar Regulatory Authority (SRA) for continuing the importation of sugar to the United States, amid a local shortage and pressures to liberalize the industry.
— Rappler

Diplomacy should settle this problem someday
SCARBOROUGH Shoal – also known to us as Panatag and Bajo de Masinloc – keeps popping up in news about disputes and conflicts in the South China Sea. It is a group of reefs and rocks around a lagoon, a rich fishing area long frequented by fish­ermen from many nations.
— Spratly Islands

Changes in trade measure sought
THE British Chamber of Commerce Philippines (BCCP) on Monday called for the immediate passage of amendments to the Retail Trade Liberalization Act.
— Manila Times

Conrad Manila’s Presidential Suite bags award
SM HOTELS and Conventions Corp.’s (SMHCC) five-star property Conrad Manila recently received the Hotel Suite Asia Pacific 2019 award at the International Hotel and Property Awards for its Presidential Suite.
— BusinessWorld

DILG approves financial assistance to 89 Bukidnon, CdeO ex-rebels
After thorough verification, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) approved the release of financial assistance to 89 former rebels (FRs) who surrendered in Bukidnon and Cagayan de Oro City.
— Philippine Information Agency

Duck meat: A nutritious replacement for pork
Amid the African Swine Fever scare, many mothers today are looking for a healthy replacement for pork and pork products apart from chicken.
— Philippine News Agency

Cebu folks get free services at Reservists’ medical mission
Around 2,000 residents of this northern Cebu town on Sunday received various services provided in a medical and civic action mission of Army reservists in partnership with the municipal government here.
— Philippine News Agency




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