Philippines morning news for October 18

Philippines morning news for October 18

Philippines morning news

Quake kills 6, injures dozens
The strong and shallow quake that jolted several provinces in Mindanao left at least six people dead and injured 53 others, authorities said.
— Manila Times

Hot money net outflow eases to $232 million in September
SHORT-TERM investments made by foreign investors in the local market continued to indicate negative or risk-averse sentiment toward the local economic prospects, as it remained in the net outflow territory in September.
— Business Mirror

China offers funds for digital infra projects in PH
China is offering financing for digital infrastructure projects in the Philippines as its second stage of investments in the country as a follow up to the hard infrastructure investments they are investing in countries that are part of the Belt and Road Initiative.
— Manila Bulletin

Filipinos demand climate justice
The Philippines has long been vulnerable to extreme weather.
— The Asean Post

‘Trade war, ASF to crimp growth’ in 2020
ECONOMIC growth for next year may still fall below 6 percent, particularly if the Philippines will not be able to withstand headwinds, such as the slowdown in global trade and the African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks.
— Business Mirror

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte hurt in motorcycle crash
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hurt his hip and suffered scratches in a motorcycle accident, senior aides of the 74-year-old leader said on Thursday.
— South China Morning Post

ADB to fund $9.1-B PH’s infra, pro-poor projects
Asian Development Bank (ADB) is expected to extend $9.1 billion in loans to the Philippines over the next three years to help fund the country’s much-needed infrastructure and pro-poor projects that will merge rural areas into urban areas.
— Manila Bulletin

The Philippines proposed 2020 budget is a disservice to poor and middle-class Filipinos
The Philippines’ 2020 budget is winding its way through the approval process. It is yet to receive confirmation, but it has passed the lower house.
— Asean Today

PAF seizes P30-million clams in Cebu
THE Philippine Air Force (PAF) reported on Thursday that its personnel in the Visayas seized at least P30 million worth of fossilized giant clams and arrested five suspects during an operation in Cebu.
— Business Mirror

Households bore 58.6% of health costs in 2018
HEALTH expenditures made by households were nearly twice as large as the government’s spending, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— Business Mirror

So many projects needed to address 20-yr backlog
ON the evening of September 24, the outermost northbound lane of the Southern Luzon Expressway (SLEX) was closed to make way for the construction of a R10-billion four-kilometer extension of the Skyway from barangay Cupang to barangay Putatan in Muntinlupa City.
— Tempo

Quakes affect 2M students in 4,000 schools
THE strong earthquakes that hit several regions in Mindanao affected some 2 million students in 4,000 schools, according to the Department of Education (DepEd).
— Manila Times

Duterte to Bacolod police exec Espenido: Go there and kill everybody
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said that he assigned controversial police official Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido to Bacolod City which the chief executive said was “badly hit” by the proliferation of illegal drugs.
— GMA Network

ADB support to PH to reach record high in 2020-2022
The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) sovereign lending for the Philippines is expected to reach US9.1 billion between 2020 and 2022, as the government seeks to invest more in much-needed infrastructure and pro-poor projects that will merge rural areas into urban growth centers.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte laments lack of water treatment facilities
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday lamented the lack of water treatment facilities even as customers were allegedly made to pay for their construction.
— GMA Network

PH poverty projected to be at 18.7% in 2021: WB
Poverty incidence in the Philippines is expected to fall below 20 percent in 2020 and further decline until 2021, a year before President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends, according to the projections made by the World Bank (WB).
— Philippine News Agency

Davao hog farmers oppose lifting of ban on pork, related products
A group of local hog producers has called on Mayor Sara Z. Duterte not to lift the executive order banning the entry of pork and related products, and processed meat in the city.
— Philippine News Agency

PH to gain huge economic prize from inclusive projects
United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the UN’s global development network, said there’s a huge “economic prize” when businesses prioritize investments that will help make their countries better and socially inclusive.
— Manila Bulletin

Magnitude 5.2 quake shakes Davao Oriental
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake shook Davao Oriental and nearby areas Thursday morning, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
— The Philippine Sta

Meralco bans single-use plastic in all offices, facilities and subsidiaries
To help save the country’s environment, Meralco (PSE: MER) has banned single-use plastic, polystyrene foam and similar products from all of its offices, premises, activities, and corporate events, effective last October 1.
— The Philippine Star

BIR closes Parañaque POGO with 1,000 workers
The Bureau of Internal Revenue on Thursday shut down a Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) service provider in Parañaque City that employs nearly 1,000 Chinese nationals for violating tax laws.

BSP okays adopting national-scale QR code
THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has adopted a policy requiring the adoption of a National Quick Response (QR) Code Standard for payments.
— Business Mirror

Transport sector to get lion’s share of ADB loans
THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) is hiking its lending to the Philippines for 2020 to 2022 amid Manila’s continuous efforts to resolve the worsening traffic congestion in major cities and rapid urbanization.
— Business Mirror

US, Japan boost security, infra assistance to PH
United States and Japan governments are working together to increase assistance – financial, technical and advisory – to the Philippines to enhance the country’s capability to deal with security concerns such as on digital technology and infrastructure.
— Manila Bulletin

PHL asks Japan: Cut tariff on banana export to zero
Manila has appealed again to Tokyo to cut its tariff on Philippine bananas to zero percent as the former seeks to maintain its market share in the heavily contested Japanese market for the yellow fruit.
— Business Mirror

Coast Guard deploys anti-terror unit, vessel in Mindanao
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) deployed its anti-terrorism unit off the coast of Zamboanga peninsula and Basilan and Sulu yesterday.
— The Philippine Sta

BARMM holds consultations for 3-year investment priorities plan
AGRICULTURE AND fisheries remain the priority sectors for investments in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) as it goes through the transition period until 2022.
— BusinessWorld

Gov’t eyes completion of Marawi rehab by 2021
The government yesterday disclosed that it is eyeing to complete the rehabilitation of this war-torn city by December 2021, and they are positive it will be achieved with the state of how things are going.
— Tempo

La Union fetes 18 years of OTOP, tourism expo
The province of La Union has long been known as the surfing capital of the north because of its inviting beaches.
— Philippine Information Agency

PACC to run after steel smugglers
THE Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has vowed to investigate the alleged smuggling of billions of pesos worth of steel billets and stainless steel by unscrupulous importers with the participation of brokers and corrupt employees of the Bureau of Customs (BoC).
— Manila Times

Pampanga governor offers P300,000-bounty for Korean fugitive
The governor here has ordered a manhunt for the capture of a Korean inmate of the Pampanga Provincial Jail who was able to escape from 5 jail guards who were escorting him in nearby Tarlac province on Wednesday, October 16.
— Rappler

PNP-8 intensifies security preps for 75th Leyte Gulf Landings commemoration
As the 75th Leyte Gulf Landings commemoration gets nearer, Police Regional Office 8 has intensified its security preparations in anticipation of the thousands of visitors who are expected to attend the event on October 20, 2019.
— Philippine Information Agency

29 NegOr soldiers cited for anti-insurgency fight
The 303rd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army has cited a total of 29 soldiers of the 94th Infantry Battalion (94IB) in Negros Oriental for their “exemplary actions” during encounters with New People’s Army (NPA) insurgents in the province.
— Philippine News Agency

Piagapo farmers gear up for farm mechanization
Farmers from Piagapo municipality are seen to move to mechanized farming as farm machineries were delivered in the municipality by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Agrarian Reform (MAFAR), through the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) Recovery Program on October 16, 2019.
— Philippine Information Agency

DPWH fast-tracking P261M interchange to Philippine Arena for SEA Games
AN INTERCHANGE project in Bulacan that will provide direct access to the Philippine Arena will be completed in time for the opening of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on Nov. 30, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced Thursday.
— BusinessWorld

Tropical Depression Perla slightly strengthens
Tropical Depression Perla slightly intensified and accelerated a bit on Thursday afternoon, October 17.
— Rappler

WATCH: PH, U.S. marines hold live fire, air defense drills in Tarlac
The Philippine Marine Corps and the US Marine Corps held live fire and low-altitude air defense exercises in the Crow Valley Gunnery Range inside Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base in Capas, Tarlac, on Thursday, October 17.
— Rappler

PAGASA sees weekend landfall for ‘Perla’
Tropical depression “Perla” will likely make landfall or move near the extreme Northern Luzon area by weekend.
— Tempo

Indian President Kovind arrives in Manila
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in the Philippines on Thursday, October 17, kicking off his 5-day state visit which includes a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Rappler

Mysterious Image Spotted in Clouds of Davao City A Night Before Earthquake
Mysterious Image Spotted in Clouds of Davao City A Night Before Earthquake A mysterious image has been spotted in the clouds of Davao City a night before the powerful earthquake struck the province.
— Philippine News

BPI economist optimistic of PH economic recovery in 2020
An official of Ayala-led Bank of the Philippine Island (BPI) is optimistic about the improvement of the Philippine economy next year, with growth projected at 6.4 percent from the forecast expansion of 5.9 percent.
— Philippine News Agency

Dengue cases slightly down in Pangasinan
The Provincial Health Office (PHO) has recorded 7,133 dengue cases in the province from January 1 to October 14, marking a 2-percent decrease from the 7,257 cases recorded in the same period last year.
— Philippine News Agency

GenSan mall fire put out after 16 hours, leaves P2-B damage
An estimated PHP2 billion worth of properties and commercial goods were destroyed in the huge fire that gutted the Gaisano Mall here following a magnitude 6.3 earthquake on Wednesday night.
— Philippine News Agency

BARMM, NGCP execs meet to address power woes
Officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on Thursday met with officials of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) to help find solutions to the nagging problem of lack or inadequate supply of electricity in several Maguindanao towns.
— Philippine News Agency

Beauty queen held in Paris, deported?
Reigning Binibining Pilipinas Grand International Samantha Lo has been deported by French authorities for allegedly carrying a fake passport, sources said.
— Tempo

SoCot to start buying palay from farmers next week
The provincial government of South Cotabato will start next week the procurement of palay from local farmers at PHP19 per kg.
— Philippine News Agency

DENR intensifies ops vs. illegal logging, poaching in Caraga
Intensified operations conducted by joint forces of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 13 (Caraga), the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the 4th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army have resulted in the confiscation of illegally-sawn lumber and products.
— Philippine News Agency

Mati City gets World Bank-funded water project
A joint World Bank and national government-funded potable water system was turned over to a village in Mati City, Davao Oriental, on Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

VP case resolution good for investor confidence
BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS said an immediate resolution of the now three-year running electoral protest case over the vice-presidential seat would improve investor confidence as policy makers would be spared from “political distraction.”
— BusinessWorld

Duterte shows up at business event following motorcycle fall
President Rodrigo Duterte showed up at his scheduled event on Thursday, a day after he got hurt while taking a motorcycle ride inside Malacañang Complex.
— GMA Network

OFW Department by December is best gift to overseas workers –TUCP
The Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) on Thursday expressed hope that the proposed establishment of a department for overseas Filipino workers would push through by December.
— GMA Network

Classes in some areas of DavNor suspended due to quake
Classes were suspended in some areas of Davao del Norte as city and municipal disaster risk reduction management offices were inspecting key public infrastructure and school buildings.
— Philippine Information Agency

Makabayan bloc opposes 2-year probationary employment period proposal
Makabayan bloc lawmakers on Thursday opposed the proposal of their fellow House minority member to extend the maximum prescribed period of probationary employment from six months to up to two years.
— GMA Network

PCSO donates 45 ambulance units to gov’t hospitals
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Thursday donated a total of 45 new ambulance units to various government hospitals and health facilities across the country.
— GMA Network

Thunderstorm advisory hoisted over parts of Mindanao anew
A thunderstorm advisory has been hoisted over parts of Mindanao anew.
— Eagle News

CA junks BuCor officers’ suit vs. Senate detention for mootness
The Court of Appeals (CA) has dismissed three Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) officers’ petition challenging their detention at the Senate after being cited in contempt during a legislative inquiry.
— GMA Network

Mother sues Calabarzon cops: ‘Police murdered my 3-year-old girl’
The mother of 3-year-old Myca Ulpina accused Rizal province cops on Thursday, October 17, of murder and obstruction of justice for killing her daughter.
— Rappler

Duterte to gov’t agencies: Provide assistance to Mindanao quake victims, rehabilitate affected areas
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to extend assistance to Mindanao, which was hit by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake.
— Eagle News

Shooting of Bukidnon teacher result of PNP profiling, red-tagging –solon
ACT Teachers party-list Representative France Castro believes that the shooting of a public school teacher in Bukidnon is a result of the profiling and red-tagging of activist-teachers by the Philippine National Police.
— GMA Network

DOH urges stricter surveillance of vaping-related illnesses
The Department of Health (DOH) is calling on medical practitioners to include vaping in their line of questions when recording patients’ medical histories.
— Rappler

Salceda urges DA to impose ‘hard’ measures to protect farmers
Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda has urged the Department of Agriculture (DA) to impose “hard” measures to protect local farmers by instituting a plan that would prevent the prices of palay from further decline.
— Philippine News Agency

Court reduces suspension of Pangasinan town officials
The Office of the Ombudsman has reduced the one-year suspension of the mayor and vice mayor of this town, whose names and photos appeared in the municipal ambulance in 2017, to just one month without pay following their filing of a motion for reconsideration (MR).
— Philippine News Agency

63 LGUs in Central Luzon pass 2019 Seal of Good Local Governance
A total of 63 local government units (LGUs) in Central Luzon passed the 2019 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
— Philippine Information Agency

Mayor Sara wants info on siren alert to be disseminated
Mayor Sara Duterte wants the information on siren alarm to be disseminated by barangay officials.
— Philippine Information Agency

Business groups call Marcos’ election protest a ‘political distraction’
Business leaders, who typically distance themselves from political matters, welcomed the latest decision of the Supreme Court (SC) on the electoral protest of losing candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo.
— Rappler

New Clark City Sports Complex to be ready for 30th SEA Games — Go
The New Clark City Sports Complex will be ready for the Southeast Asian Games, Senator Bong Go said. “As planned and promised, the construction of the sports complex is right on schedule,” he said.
— Eagle News

Scooter driver takes on Panelo’s commute challenge to show poor road conditions
Almost a week after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo commuted to his Malacañang office, a scooter driver took on the same challenge on Wednesday, October 16, to highlight poor road conditions in the metro.
— Rappler

DILG issuing show cause orders to 80 Manila barangay captains
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Thursday, October 22, said it was filing show cause orders to around 80 barangay captains of the city of Manila who failed to clear their areas of road obstructions.
— Rappler

Former commander honors Marawi siege dead
“This is the time to remember their names one by one,” said former Marawi commander Carlito Galvez Jr.
— Rappler

SEC approves Fruitas stock market debut
Food kiosk operator Fruitas Holdings got the nod of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its plans to go public and raise some P1.2 billion.
— Rappler

Road clearing order boosts Ifugao town ordinance
The road clearing order by the national government to the local government units in the entire country strengthened the enforcement of a municipal ordinance of this town providing for road safety policies.
— Philippine Information Agency


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