Philippines morning news for October 24

Philippines morning news for October 24

Philippines morning news

Davao del Sur placed under state of calamity
The entire province of Davao del Sur has been placed under the State of Calamity following the severe devastation brought about by the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that shook the province Wednesday night last week.
— Philippine Information Agency

Expensive, too much work: Duterte’s team rethinks infra projects
The Duterte administration will not pursue all of its 75 big-ticket infrastructure projects , as some are just too expensive and have too many engineering challenges to hurdle.
— Rappler

450 inmates have died in congested jails; CHR alarmed
The Commission on Human Rights on Wednesday raised alarm over the rising number of deaths of inmates under police custody, a situation police authorities said they would investigate posthaste.

Western Visayas workers get P30-minimum wage increase
The Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) in Western Visayas has granted private sector workers in the region a wage increase ranging from P15 to P30.
— Rappler

Duterte’s bridges linking Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao shelved
Financing and engineering problems hound Duterte’s ambitious infrastructure push , leading his economic managers to completely scrap bridge projects linking the country’s major islands.
— Rappler

Maybank: Chinese leaving no sweat for Philippines
The Philippines may lose Chinese tourists amid the mainland’s ban on online gambling, but more Japanese and South Korean visitors are coming over, according to Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Philippines: Cebu Customs uncovers undeclared goods in abandoned shipment
Last week, the Port of Cebu Bureau of Customs uncovered undeclared goods in four abandoned container vans.
— Fresh Plaza

Philippines Cozies up to India, Both Wary of China
The Philippines has agreed to strengthen defense ties with India, an increasingly significant Western ally in Asia, as part of its accumulation of foreign support in case fragile ties with China suddenly break down.
— VOA Khmer

Court stops DOH, FDA from implementing ‘restrictive’ regulations on e-cigs, vapes
A regional group has confirmed that a Pasig trial court temporarily stopped the Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from implementing an administrative order that would have imposed restrictive regulations on e-cigarettes or vapes.
— Business Mirror

Philippines ‘ninja cop’ scandal threatens to ruin acting police chief Archie Gamboa’s bid for top post
Fallout from the “ninja cops” scandal, which forced the resignation of Philippine National Police (PNP) director general Oscar Albayalde, is now threatening to ruin acting PNP chief Archie Gamboa’s chances of clinching the top post.
— South China Morning Post

DTI seeks inputs for supplemental rules in flat glass certification
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is seeking inputs from importers and manufacturers for the proposed supplemental guidelines on the mandatory certification of flat glass.
— The Philippine Star

ADB commits financing for Philippine tourism hubs
THE Asian Development Bank (ADB) has opened its doors for the Philippines to boost and develop two of its infamous tourism hubs.
— Asean Economist

PEZA finalizes proposed refinements to CITIRA bill
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority is finalizing the proposed refinements to the Corporate Income Tax and Incentives Rationalization Act after holding a second dialog with locators, industry associations and foreign chambers on Oct. 22.

House panel OKs bid to allow rice subsidies to be used to buy palay
THE House Committee on Agriculture and Food on Wednesday approved a substitute joint resolution urging Congress to authorize the use of the rice subsidies of government agencies for the procurement of palay from Filipino farmers.
— Business Mirror

Go: Duterte back pain only due to “muscle spasms”
President Rodrigo Duterte’s back pain was merely due to “muscle spasms,” Senator Bong Go said on Wednesday, Oct. 22.
— Eagle News

8 of 10 cybercrime cases involve child exploitation, says watchdog group
Recently launched group SaferKidsPH seeks to abolish the online sexual exploitation of children or their abuse and prostitution through the internet, claiming that 8 out of 10 accidents in the Philippines are cybercrime in nature.
— GMA Network

ADB to invest in Palawan sustainable tourism development
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will invest in an environment sustainability project for two fast-growing destinations in Palawan known for their pristine natural beauty and diverse marine life.
— Manila Bulletin

SWS Q3 2019: Fewer families experience involuntary hunger
An estimated 2.3 million Filipino families, or 9.1 percent, experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months, the results of the Third Quarter Social Weather Survey (SWS) showed.
— GMA Network

Robredo says time for Duterte to halt failed drug war
President Rodrigo Duterte should allow the United Nations to investigate his war on drugs, and abandon a deadly campaign that has been failure and a dent on the country’s international image, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Wednesday.
— GMA Network

Philippines is IWG’s biggest coworking space market in ASEAN
International Workplace Group. (IWG), a multinational provider of flexible workspace solutions, is on track to achieve 90% occupancy in Philippine locations by the end of the year, making the country its biggest market in the ASEAN region.
— GMA News

PLDT investing P7b in a new trans-Pacific submarine cable network
PLDT Inc. said Wednesday it is investing nearly P7 billion in a new trans-Pacific submarine cable that will link the Philippines directly to Japan and the US.

ALU-TUCP urges FDA to conduct tests on popular baby powder for possible asbestos contamination
To protect consumers from possible asbestos contamination, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday were urged by the Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) to conduct a product evaluation test on Johnson and Johnson (J&J) baby powder in the country.
— Manila Bulletin

No weekday mall sales in Metro Manila from November 11
In a bid to ease the traffic situation in Metro Manila during the holidays, mall sales will no longer be conducted during weekdays.
— The Philippine Star

Even with two months of rain, Angat Dam unlikely to reach water level target –PAGASA
Even with two months worth of rain this year, it is unlikely that Angat Dam would reach the normal high water level target, according to Ana Solmoro Solis, PAG-ASA chief of Climate Monitoring and Prediction Section.
— GMA Network

9 Basilan villages declare 16 ASG members persona non-grata
Nine barangays in two areas of Basilan province have declared 16 suspected members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) as persona non-grata in their villages, the military said.
— Philippine News Agency

With P9.68B in assets, Davao City Water District is richest in PH
With total assets of P9.681 billion, the Davao City Water District (WD) is the richest in the Philippines, the 2018 Annual Financial Report, released recently by the Commission on Audit (COA), showed.
— Rappler

TokHang documents prove drug war caused cops to kill suspects – FLAG
The police’s own records showed that the Duterte administration’s war on drugs caused the cops to kill their suspects outright, the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) told the Supreme Court (SC).
— Rappler

De Lima slams proposal for two-year probationary period for workers
Senator Leila de Lima has slammed a proposal in the House of Representatives to place newly hired workers in a two-year probationary status before they are regularized.
— Eagle News

Palace: President Duterte to inform public of the results of his medical consultation today
The Palace on Wednesday, Oct. 23, gave the assurance President Rodrigo Duterte himself would inform the public about the results of his medical consultation scheduled for today.
— Eagle News

GenSan to declare state of calamity to aid mall workers
The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) recommended Wednesday the declaration of this city under a state of calamity following a huge fire that destroyed a shopping mall here last week, that displaced over 1,300 workers.
— Philippine News Agency

Dialysis centers, establishments, affected by water interruptions
Dialysis centers and business establishments will take the brunt of the water service interruptions announced by water concessionaires Manila Water Co. and Maynilad Water Services Inc., a report by Mariz Umali on GMA’s 24 Oras said.
— GMA Network

PopCom to Duterte: Declare teenage pregnancy as national emergency
The Commission on Population and Development (PopCom) called on President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, October 23, to issue an executive order declaring adolescent pregnancy a national emergency, as incident rates remain alarming.
— Rappler

CCC to boost local studies on climate change to better educate Pinoys
The Climate Change Commission (CCC) vowed to continue raising climate change awareness among Filipinos as it celebrated its 10th anniversary on Wednesday.
— GMA Network

Bong Go to Philhealth, PHAPi: Settle unpaid claims issue or get summoned to Senate
Senator Christopher Bong Go urged Wednesday the officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Inc. (PHAPi) to talk among themselves amid the issue of supposed unpaid claims amounting to billions.
— GMA Network

MMDA implements contingency measures to ease traffic on holiday season
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced on Tuesday that mall operating hours will be adjusted starting Nov. 11, 2019 until Jan. 10, 2020.
— Philippine Information Agency

DepEd, DOH urged to roll out sex ed, reproduction health info drive as teen pregnancies rise
A population development organization on Wednesday called for the DepEd and the DOH to implement what it sees as the neglected provisions of the Reproductive Health Law amid the increase in the teenage pregnancy rate.
— GMA Network

DOTr suspends LTO official in Bicol over corruption charges
An official of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in Bicol has been placed under preventive suspension due to corruption charges, including allegedly accepting payola and soliciting P1.44 million from 4 bus companies over a two-year period.
— Rappler

Easing EDSA traffic: San Miguel pushes 10-lane 22-kilometer ‘elevated EDSA’ proposal
There might still be hope for decongesting the heavy traffic along EDSA, with the proposal of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) to build an “elevated EDSA” – a 10 lane elevated 22 kilometer expressway that will run fro Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City to Samson Road in Balintawak.
— Eagle News

Hontiveros slams private hospitals for threat to cut ties with Philhealth
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Wednesday, October 23, slammed private hospitals for threatening not to renew their accreditation with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) in 2020.
— Rappler

Constitutional reform targets to strengthen political party system
A salient feature of the proposed political and electoral reform provisions to the 1987 Constitution being pushed by the Center for Federalism and Constitutional Reform (CFCR) involves the strengthening of the political party system to give chance to the lesser-known public.
— Philippine Information Agency

House panel OKs resolution allowing gov’t to buy palay from farmers
The House committee on agriculture and food has approved a joint resolution that would allow the government to directly purchase palay stock from rice farmers.
— Rappler

Careers up close: The 3 contenders for Duterte’s 3rd PNP chief
After an explosive controversy that forced out the 22nd Philippine National Police chief, the decision to choose the country’s new police head now rests with President Rodrigo Duterte.
— Rappler

DPWH opens P245-million underpass in Lucena
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) completed construction of a P245-million underpass along Manila South Road (MSR) Diversion Road in Lucena City, Quezon, opening it on Wednesday, October 23.
— Rappler

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

Smart to roll out Google Station, interactive tourism markers in Intramuros, Rizal Park
PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has signed an agreement with the Intramuros Administration (IA) and the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) to boost tourism in the City of Manila by rolling out free wi-fi services via Google Station in key public areas inside the Walled City and Rizal Park.
— Rappler

P120-M genome center to open in Davao City
The PHP120-million Philippine Genome Center Mindanao Satellite Facility (PGC-MSF) built in this city is expected to be operational within the year.Dr. Anthony Sales, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology in Region 11 (DOST 11), in a press briefing Wednesday, said that the facility is housed at the UP Mindanao compound …
— Philippine News Agency

Barbers eyes probe on cocaine bricks recovered in PH
The circumstances behind the recovery of cocaine in bricks in different parts of the country must be investigated, Surigao del Norte 2nd District Rep. Robert Ace S. Barbers said Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH-CAR, health partners gear up for full implementation of UHC law
CAR OIC Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan (l)presides the Regional Implementation and Coordination Team (ROCT) meeting for 2019 3rd quarter regional health updates and ways forward.
— Philippine Information Agency

DTI alerts consumers to reduce carbon footprint
As part of its promotion of green practices, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) continues to educate consumers and business establishments on how to reduce their carbon emissions to mitigate the possible great impact of climate change due to global warming.
— Philippine Information Agency

MMDA notes spike in traffic violations in last five years
The number of traffic violators in the Philippines continues to rise in the past five years, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
— GMA Network

WHO proposes swimming subject in PHL curriculum
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended swimming and basic life saving to be included in the K to 12 curriculum to counter deaths by drowning, claiming that this is one of the most common causes of deaths for five to 14 year-olds.
— GMA Network

LGUs in Pangasinan vow support to DOLE’s anti-child labor program
The Department of Labor and Employment-Western Pangasinan Field Office (DOLE-WPFO) conducted a series of orientations for the past two months to educate local government units (LGUs) on the agency’s Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP).
— Philippine Information Agency

Davao Norte road rift ends with compromise deal
The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) facilitated Tuesday the signing of a compromised agreement between the Davao del Norte provincial government and the Tagum Agricultural Development Company (Tadeco).
— Philippine News Agency

PCC probes players involved in rice distribution amid high prices
The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is looking deeper into “middle phase transactions” in rice trade as retail prices remain high despite the falling farm gate prices amid surging importation following the passage of the rice tariffication law.P
— Philippine News Agency

3 Pangasinan cops suspended for misconduct
The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Pangasinan has suspended three policemen for 30 days due to misconduct. Col. Redrico Maranan, Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) director, said the suspension of the three unnamed policemen is part of the continuous internal cleansing in their organization.
— Philippine News Agency

3 suspects in cop killing nabbed after 6 years in hiding
The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) turned over to a trial court on Tuesday three men suspected of killing a policeman six years ago.
— Philippine News Agency

No foul play in rob suspects’ deaths in Cebu
Police insisted that there was no foul play in the deaths of four men who were allegedly involved in a mall robbery in Mandaue City last Saturday night.
— Tempo

DNA facility to open in Davao City
A satellite laboratory of the Philippine Genome Center will be operational by the end of the year at its site inside the University of the Philippines Mindanao campus in Mintal, this city.
— Philippine Information Agency

TNVS franchise applicants can now book appointments online
Franchise applicants for transport network vehicle services (TNVS) can now schedule appointments online after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) made the option available.
— Rappler

LTFRB issues 855 special permits to buses for Undas 2019
The Land Transportation Regulatory and Franchising Board (LTFRB) has issued 855 special permits to public utility buses (PUBs) in anticipation of the influx of passengers during Undas 2019.
— Rappler


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