Philippines morning news for October 8

Philippines morning news for October 8

Philippines morning news

Rep. Salceda denies House’s work on 2020 budget was ‘sloppy’
Albay Representative Joey Salceda on Monday denied Senator Panfilo Lacson’s claim that the House of Representatives did a sloppy job on the proposed P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020.
— GMA News

Bills protecting PH territorial seas top priorities of House foreign affairs panel
The House Committee on Foreign Affairs has placed bills protecting the country’s territorial integrity on top of its list of priority measures, it was gathered Monday.
— Manila Bulletin

Trade war tones down exports growth outlook
THE government and exporters are in agreement export figures this year will end in the black, but the growth rate could settle between 2 percent and 3 percent due to the global slowdown in demand for Philippine-made items.
— Business Mirror

WHO to hold Philippines summit after polio outbreak
The World Health Organization is meeting in the Philippines after the country announced an outbreak of polio.
— Aljazeera

Foreign reserves increase to record high of $86.16 billion
The gross international reserves, which protect the country from external volatilities, climbed to a record high of $86.16 billion as of end-September from $74.94 billion a year ago, data from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas show.
— Manilastandard.net

Revival of nuclear energy program faces uphill battle
IT WILL TAKE YEARS to revive a nuclear energy development program due to inadequate laws, skills and infrastructure, even as the country scrounges for more energy sources to support its fast-growing economy, a senator and an expert said on Monday.
— BusinessWorld Online

Jica aids PHL’s anti-rabies drive
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) will be helping the Philippines come up with cheaper diagnostic kits for rabies and develop a data-sharing system.
— Business Mirror

35 Chinese women rescued from Makati ‘sex den’
Police rescued 35 Chinese women on Monday night in a Makati City hotel believed to have been turned into a prostitution den.
— Inquirer.net

Duterte plays nice with Putin, toys with Trump
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was given the red carpet treatment during a recently concluded five-day visit to Russia, underscoring the two sides’ budding economic and strategic ties.
— Asia Times

BSP supplying 116-million national ID cards to PSA
THE Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said it will produce 116 million blank cards for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), or the National ID, in the next three years.
— Business Mirror

DA creates group to conduct $300,000 food sufficiency study
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has created a technical working group (TWG) that would formulate a strategy to achieve the country’s food and nutrition security, amid growing population and rising demand for food items.
— Business Mirror

PHL natural-gas output pegged at 2,190,035 Bcf since 1994
THE country’s natural-gas output from January to September this year stood at 96,472 million cubic feet (MMcf), bringing the total output since 1994 to 2,190,035 billion cubic feet (Bcf).
— Business Mirror

BSP not ruling out further 25 bps rate cut
Data-dependent Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will be looking at the October and November inflation numbers, the third quarter GDP growth and the latest views on the global growth to decide if they will pencil in another 25 basis points (bps) rate cut in November or December.
— Manila Bulletin

Manila ranks 3rd among cities with lowest qualities of life
Manila ranks 3rd among 56 cities in the world with the lowest quality of life, according to research from Deutsche Bank released in May.
— The Philippine Star

PH, Iraq join hands vs human trafficking
THE Philippine embassy in Baghdad has intensified its drive against illegal recruitment of Filipinos in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s policy to curb human trafficking, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.
— The Manila Times

Salceda inserts ‘franchise tax’ in bill applying levy on Pogos
THE chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means on Monday said he included a 5-percent “franchise tax” in the draft bill imposing gaming and corporate taxes on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogo).
— BusinessWorld Online

Financial resources hit P31 trillion as of March
The country’s total financial resources reached P31.044 trillion as of end-March 2019, according to the latest survey of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
— Manilastandard.net

No meningococcemia outbreak – DoH
The Department of Health (DoH) on Monday gave assurances that there is no meningococcemia epidemic, saying cases recorded this year are only “slightly higher” than last year’s.
— The Manila Times

Industry group sees pork surplus this year despite ASF woes
Thanks to African swine fever (ASF) and its negative effect on consumers’ perception towards pork, the country may actually see a surplus of pork, instead of shortage, in the coming months, officials of the Samahang Industriya ng Agrikultura (SINAG) said.
— Manila Bulletin

Consumer groups urge DTI to review SRP increase
LABAN Konsyumer Inc. (LKI) on Monday urged the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to thoroughly investigate the request of manufacturers to increase the prices of basic goods.
— The Manila Times

Lawmaker bats for tax-free electric and hybrid vehicles
Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has proposed to exempt electric and hybrid vehicles from taxes and duties in the next several years to encourage the manufacture, importation and use of carbon-reducing vehicles.
— The Philippine Star

Nat’l ID cards to cost gov’t P30 each, says BSP
The government will spend P30 for every national identification card that is seen to be released to 116 million Filipinos over the next three years.
— GMA News

Environmental lawyer asks court for Writ of Kalikasan to stop tree cutting in Cebu
Environmental lawyer Benjamin Cabrido Jr. asked the court of Friday, October 3, to stop the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) from cutting trees in Cebu.
— Rappler

DSWD signs implementing rules for laws on adoption, gov’t feeding programs
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Bautista signed the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for Republic Acts (RA) 11222 and 11037 on October 7.
— Rappler

Pro-China stance, high prices pulled Duterte’s ratings down –Bayan Muna
President Rodrigo Duterte’s pro-China policy and the high prices of commodities could be the reason why his trust rating went down by 11 percentage points, opposition figures said on Monday.
— GMA News

BSP to auction P80-B under TDF this week
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will offer PHP80 billion under its term deposit facility (TDF) on Wednesday. In an advisory, the central bank said the seven-day and 14-day facilities will be auctioned for PHP30 billion each while the 28-day facility will be offered for PHP20 billion.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte’s trust, approval ratings down amid BuCor, ‘ninja cops’ mess
President Rodrigo Duterte’s trust and approval ratings went down in the third quarter, according to the latest Pulse Asia survey, amid issues in the country’s national penitentiary and police force.
— ABS-CBN News

Ilocos typhoon victims get rice aid from Japan
Residents in Ilocos Norte who were heavily affected by Typhoon Ineng (Bailu) last August will soon get rice aid courtesy of the Japanese government.
— Philippine News Agency

DICT ‘withdraws’ free Wi-Fi for insurgency-affected village
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has announced it cannot push through with providing the bandwidth needed for the free Wi-Fi promised to one of the insurgency-affected areas in Negros Oriental.
— Philippine News Agency

PSA sets pilot testing of nat’l ID until May or June ’20
Authorities are pilot-testing until May or June 2020 the implementation of the national ID, to be rolled out hopefully by July next year with an initial 14 to 15 million people.
— Philippine News Agency

DOLE imposes total ban on deployment of OFWs to South Sudan
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday announced the total ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to South Sudan due to the unstable peace and security situation in the North African region.
— Philippine News Agency

Lawmaker pushes for dev’t of PH bamboo industry
A lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Monday called for the passage of a measure seeking the development of the bamboo industry in the country to minimize carbon footprints amid the growing global movement to address climate change.
— Philippine News Agency

DTI supports former fisherfolk to become craft makers in Aurora
Some 26 residents in this town who used to earn their living by fishing are now engaged in making bamboo handicrafts.
— Philippine News Agency

US ban on execs involved in De Lima detention a ‘PR tour de force’ -Bersamin
Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin on Monday called the move of some American senators to ban Philippine officials involved in the imprisonment of Senator Leila de Lima from entering the United States a public relations move that amounted to an act of interference.
— GMA News

Trillanes’ rebellion trial to extend to 2020
Former senator Antonio Trillanes IV’s revived rebellion trial will extend to 2020 as government prosecutors attempt to present witnesses whom the defense says were not included in the original witness list.
— GMA News

Filipino startups national finalists for Asean leg of global startup awards
Several Filipino startups have been selected as finalists at the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2019.
— Inquirer.net

Duterte may soon be flying in a new P2-B presidential jet
The aircraft, slated to be delivered by mid-2020, costs US$39.9 million or almost P2 billion. It was bought through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales Program.
— GMA News

Air Force buys P2-billion Gulfstream business jet
The Philippine Air Force (PAF) is buying a high-end, high-speed business jet worth roughly P2 billion to serve as an emergency airborne command post for government and military leaders.
— Rappler

Duterte: PHL gov’t working on bilateral agreement with Russia to help undocumented Filipinos
President Rodrigo Duterte said that the Department of Labor and Employment is now working on a bilateral agreement with Russia to address the concerns of the many undocumented Filipinos in that country.
— Eagle News

Statistics Month highlights data innovation
The importance of data innovation in coming up with quality statistics that will serve as sound bases for reliable decisions and effective policies geared towards improving lives of the Filipinos is given emphasis in the 30th National Statistics Month celebration this October.
— Philippine Information Agency

DILG to local governments: Cooperate in DSWD’s data collection or face sanction
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) warned barangay officials to cooperate with the social welfare agency’s household data collection drive or face sanction.
— Rappler

 

 

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

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