Philippines morning news for October 14

Philippines morning news for October 14

Philippines morning news

Can Duterte expand horizons of Philippine diplomacy and keep his Washington and Moscow plates spinning?
“Sovereign democracy”, Russian propagandist Vladislav Surkov wrote, refers to a system whereby a “society’s political life … the political powers, their authorities and decisions are decided and controlled by … the people that formed it”.
— South China Morning Post

Philippines Approves New Measures to Contain African Swine Fever
The Philippines approved new measures, including movement controls for pigs and pork products and surveillance on live hog transport, to contain the spread of African swine fever, according to the country’s agriculture department.
— Bloomberg

Int’l tourist influx reaches 5M in August
The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Sunday said the international visitor arrivals in the country has surged past the 5-million mark in August, heralding attainment of the industry’s targets into the last quarter of the year.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t raises aid to P5K per ASF-infected culled pig
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the increase of financial assistance for backyard raisers whose hogs were culled due to the African swine fever (ASF) from PHP3,000 to PHP5,000 per head.
— Philippine News Agency

CHR to gov’t: Adopt rights-based approach to disaster preparedness
The Commission on Human Rights on Sunday urged the government to take a rights-based approach in its efforts on disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
— GMA Network

7 returned GCTA-freed inmates ‘escape’ from Palawan prison
At least seven inmates released under the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law, and who had returned fearing President Rodrigo Duterte’s surrender deadline, escaped from the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Palawan, Super Radyo dzBB Palawan’s Rod Evangelista reported Sunday.
— GMA Network

Risks And Rewards If Philippines Joint Development With China – Analysis
Pundits in and outside the Philippines are warning of the risks of it entering a joint development agreement with China to exploit oil and gas resources in areas both countries claim in the South China Sea.
— Eurasia Review

Palace okays DA bid to raise ASF indemnity
PRESIDENT Duterte has approved a proposal to increase the indemnification to backyard raisers whose hogs were culled due to African swine fever (ASF)—to P5,000 from P3,000 per pig, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said.
— Business Mirror

Meat processors see P40-B losses from ASF scare
The local meat processing industry expects to lose as much as P40 billion for the coming holiday season as the government has yet to finalize guidelines on the ban of processed meat in some areas following the rising cases of African swine fever in the country.
— The Philippine Star

As Duterte’s drugs war rages on in the Philippines, nation’s children are paying the price
Jona Javier Abbott lost her husband on September 6, 2016.
— South China Morning Post

DOST, Chinese counterpart agency agree on science, technology agenda
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently met with Chinese Vice Minister of Science and Technology Huang Wei and counterpart institutions in the 15th Protocol of the Joint Commission Meeting Science and Technology (JCMST) at the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) headquarters in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
— Manila Bulletin

Philippines joining ASEAN Single Window platform by year-end
The Philippines is expected to join by the end of the year an integrated online platform which seeks to ease trade and customs processes within the Southeast Asian region, the Department of Finance (DOF) said over the weekend.
— The Philippine Star

Philippines’ top diplomat apologises to China for Mao Zedong tweets
The Philippines’ top diplomat apologised on Sunday (Oct 13) for Twitter posts on Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People’s Republic of China, including referring to the revolutionary leader as “burnt rice”.
— The Straits Times

Use P1.3-B marijuana research fund to just feed children—Atienza
THE government should spend more to augment school-feeding programs instead of allocating resources for marijuana research, according to Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza.
— Business Mirror

Better water supply seen in Bohol with two experts named to water board
Bohol governor Arthur Yap looks forward to a better water supply for the province with the appointment of top water management experts as new board representatives to the Bohol Water Utilities, Inc. (BWUI).
— Manila Bulletin

PHL could be 2nd top rice importer
THE Philippines’s rice imports this year could reach a record-high 3.1 million metric tons, nearly matching China’s, the world’s top buyer of the staple, with its purchase of 3.15 MMT, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said.
— Business Mirror

Various agencies pledge P408 million for capacity-building projects in BARMM
VARIOUS FOREIGN agencies have committed about P408 million to fund development projects in Mindanao, particularly in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) announced last week.
— BusinessWorld

TUCP fears job losses under Citira bill
Labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) slammed the Duterte administration’s proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act (Citira) , saying that 700,000 workers could lose their jobs .
— Rappler

Around 1,500 illegal aliens arrested in 2019 so far –BI
The Bureau of Immigration on Sunday said around 1,500 illegal aliens had been arrested in the Philippines this year so far.
— GMA Network

Ilocos Norte gov’t. launches solid waste management drive
With the aim for an intensified commitment for environmental conservation, the provincial government of Ilocos Norte launched a province-wide solid waste management program called “Narimat nga Aglawlaw” on October 4 at Brgy. Casili in this city.
— Philippine Information Agency

Philippines to offer humanitarian aid to typhoon-hit Japan
President Rodrigo Duterte instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to extend humanitarian aid to Japan in the aftermath of the powerful Typhoon Hagibis.
— Rappler

The Rice Tariffication Law: amidst the sound and fury
As is typical when it comes to most laws, civil society groups have taken different positions with regard to the recently passed Republic Act 11203, otherwise known as the Rice Tariffication Law (RTL).
— BusinessWorld

‘Disheartening’ Q3 PHL growth seen
AFTER two quarters of lower-than-expected gross domestic product (GDP) growth this year, the Philippines is headed toward a “disheartening” third-quarter print anew, a local economist said.
— Business Mirror

Govt subsidies for health, education increased in ’17
THE national government increased its subsidies for health and education but cut its support for transportation and storage in 2017, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Business Mirror

ASF-hit raisers get extra aid
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved an increase in financial assistance given to backyard raisers affected by the African swine fever (ASF), from P3,000 to P5,000 per head culled, as the meat processing industry warned that they may lose up to P18 billion in sales during the coming holiday season.

House vows P100 billion trust fund for coco farmers
The House of Representatives has vowed to pass before year-end the measure seeking to create a P100-billion trust fund for the use of farmers in the coconut industry, which President Duterte prioritized but had previously vetoed.
— The Philippine Star

GSIS allots P1B for Zamboanga workers
State pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) earmarked over Php1.03 billion to implement the GSIS Financial Assistance Loan (GFAL) and Top-Up Loan for the 2,063 personnel of the City Government Office (CGO) Zamboanga City.

‘No feud’ with Navy as Marines turnover set
THE commandant of the Philippine Marine Corps will officially relinquish his post on Monday amid reports of his alleged differences with Navy Flag Officer in Command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, but the latter has dispelled this, and said he maintains a professional relationship with his subordinate who is also his former classmate at the Philippine Military Academy.
— Business Mirror

Senators hit 780% water rate hike threat
SENATORS are bristling over the “warning” issued by private water concessionaires that complying with a Supreme Court order slapping them with nearly P2 billion in fines for breach of their commitment to set up sewerage systems in timely fashion could force them to pass on the costs to consumers.
— Business Mirror

Senate to probe Philippine’s nuclear energy program
The Senate committee on energy will look into the status of the country’s nuclear energy program as the Duterte administration is set to decide on a recommendation to tap nuclear fuels for stable power supply, Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

‘Delaying safeguard duty on rice imports to hurt farmers more’
THE delay in the imposition of safeguard duties on rice imports could further hurt farmers, as the inflow of the staple is expected to continue amid the harvest season, the Federation of Free Farmers (FFF) has warned.
— Business Mirror

Bank’s MSME lending falls short in H1 – BSP data
Banks continue to fall short of the mandated credit for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector as of the first half of the year, data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) showed over the weekend.
— The Manila Times

Lawmaker pitches intercropping in 23 rice-producing provinces
The government must rethink its plan of shifting 23 provinces from planting rice to other crops and hog raising, as indicated in a draft industry road map which seeks to improve the competitiveness of the rice sector.
— Business Mirror

PHL to host international conference on bees
The Philippines will play host to Madhu Duniya 2019, the premier conference on forest and honeybees in Asia, which will tackle the benefits of forest honey and the urgent need to save bees from extinction.
— Business Mirror

BSP boosts watch on big banks
THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) has enhanced its framework for watching banks deemed too big to fail, the monetary authority said in a press release on Saturday.
— BusinessWorld

Biomass dev’t pushed to foreign investors
THE DEPARTMENT of Energy (DoE) has opened biomass energy development to full foreign ownership to encourage growth of the sector that has lured only a few investors even after the feed-in tariff (FiT) scheme gave them a fixed, subsidized rate for their power output.
— BusinessWorld

House backs relaxation of bank secrecy
LIFTING of bank secrecy restrictions, as pushed by the Finance department and the central bank, will find ready support anew in the House of Representatives, the chairman of the chamber’s Ways and Means committee said in a mobile phone message last weekend.
— BusinessWorld

Digital skills essential for management accountants to be globally competitive
Management accountants should not be alarmed by the increasing rise of technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and related digital technologies designed to automate work processes.
— Manila Times

Marawi families given 66,000 sacks of rice
World Vision, in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Taiwan, recently held a rice turnover in Region 10, donating 66,000 sacks of rice to at least 620 families affected by the Marawi City crisis.
— Manila Times

Philippine city shows zero waste is achievable
Is zero waste really achievable?
— Rappler

De Lima disagrees with Bersamin over US senators’ officials ban proposal
Senator Leila De Lima said on Sunday that she did not share outgoing Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin’s belief that the proposal of some American senators to ban Philippine officials behind her imprisonment was a PR tour de force amounting to an act of interference.
— GMA Network

Filipino maids in Hong Kong raise concerns about safety, job security as protests escalate
For the past nine years, Filipino domestic worker Grace and her friends have congregated in Central – the business and retail heart of Hong Kong – on most of her days off.

Philippines’ abused husbands
There has been a lot of talk about the abuse of women and children whether physically or sexually, especially in the Southeast Asian region.
— The Asean Post

PH expects higher turnout at world’s biggest trade fair
The Philippines’ biggest delegation to this year’s Anuga is aiming to bring home $66 million worth of export sales. The food trade fair is also known as a prime gateway to the European market.
— Rappler

Nurses’ group happy as SC upholds validity of law on higher minimum pay
The Filipino Nurses United welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court upholding the validity of an unfulfilled 2002 law that sets the minimum pay for government nurses at Salary Grade 15.
— GMA Network

HSBC reintroduces platform to serve PH families
HSBC has relaunched a platform that introduces personalized financial services aimed at fulfilling what Filipino families want the most.
— Manila Times

PH’s moving growth target
ON Thursday, the World Bank released its latest “Philippines Economic Update” and revised its gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for the country downward from 6.4 percent to 5.8 percent.
— Manila Times

CAB refining rules for chronic flight delays
The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) is close to finalizing the rules in determining whether local airlines are operating routes with chronic delays, which could result in monetary fines for tardy carriers.
— The Philippine Star

Milo throws support to 30th Southeast Asian Games
AS a longtime supporter of Philippine sports, nutritional energy drink maker Milo has been involved in many an activity and program geared towards building champions and values-driven individuals.
— BusinessWorld

DSWD cites 4Ps parent-leaders, groups in Ilocos Region
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Ilocos regional field office has awarded the outstanding parent-leaders and groups of Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program (4Ps) in the entire region during the partnership summit held here.
— Philippine News Agency

‘Wang wang’ ban would force traffic experience on public officials -Robredo
Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday said public officials should not be allowed to use sirens or “wang wang,” or even have police escorts, for them to truly understand the country’s transportation woes.
— GMA Network

TESDA opens 4 more training centers in Bukidnon, keeps EO 70 on the go
The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) launched on Monday, October 7, four more training centers in Bukidnon, bringing to 51 the number of Skills Training Centers (STCs) operating all over the province.
— Philippine Information Agency

Southern Leyte remains drug-cleared province: DILG-S. Leyte
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 8 (PDEA-8) has declared that the local government unit of Southern Leyte remains to be a drug-cleared province in 2018.
— Philippine Information Agency

Robredo calls for women economic empowerment at PHL-AUS biz meet
Vice President Leni Robredo called for greater economic empowerment of women during a business summit in Sydney, Australia last Wednesday.
— GMA Network

Dela Rosa wants BJMP to take over all jail facilities
Senator Ronald Bato Dela Rosa has filed a Senate bill seeking to transfer the control and supervision of provincial and sub-provincial jails to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).
— GMA Network

DOT is Google’s first GMB Trusted Verifier in the Philippines
Micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) can now be instantly verified on Google My Business (GMB) through the Department of Tourism (DOT).
— Rappler

Suspects in Masbate town vice mayor’s slay ordered released
A Manila prosecutor has ordered the release of the 4 suspects in the killing of Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III .
— Rappler

Police presence in schools to boost security, not militarization
The military and police, in some cases, are tasked to maintain security in schools against crime, terrorism and insurgencies.
— Philippine News Agency


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