Philippines morning news for September 30

Philippines morning news for September 30

Philippines morning newsNationwide transport strike pushes through, inconveniencing commuters
Transport groups went ahead with their nationwide strike on Monday morning, inconveniencing many commuters.
— GMA Network

Plastic trash threatens dugong survival in Palawan
The seas surrounding the Calamianes Island Group (CIG), the northernmost part of this province, are considered one of the last strongholds in the country of the dugong (Dugong dugon).
— Rappler

Rappler investigation into war on drugs wins 2019 Global Shining Light Award
A Rappler investigative series on President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs campaign won the 2019 Global Shining Light Award of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN).
— Rappler

Signal No. 1 up in Batanes
Tropical cyclone wind signal No. 1 remains hoisted over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands yesterday as severe tropical cyclone “Onyok” (international name “Mitag”) is seen to move close to the northern islands.
— Tempo

Aftershocks possible after 6.4-magnitude DavOcc quake
Aftershocks are expected following the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that jolted Davao Occidental on Sunday morning, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported.
— Philippine News Agency

Work in Metro Manila courts suspended on Monday, September 30, 2019
Work in all courts in the National Capital Region will be suspended on Monday, September 30, 2019 due to the expected transport strike.
— GMA Network

Maria Ressa reminds journalists: An attack on one is an attack on all
HAMBURG, Germany – Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa on Saturday, September 28, urged the public to do the right thing amid blatant undermining of press freedom and democracy around the world.
— Rappler

Valdez, Morado remain questionable for ASEAN GP second leg
The availability of Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado for the Philippine Women’s National Volleyball Team in the second leg of the Southeast Asian Grand Prix remains up in the air for varying reasons.
— Tiebreaker Times

BSP cuts banks’ reserve requirement further
THE BANGKO SENTRAL ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Friday announced a 100-basis point reduction in banks’ reserve requirement ratio (RRR), to take effect at the start of November, setting the stage for the release of more funds for lending for productive economic activities.
— BusinessWorld

DoF formally proposes to liberalize sugar imports
THE finance department has formally proposed import liberalization for the sugar industry modeled on the opening up of the rice market, signaling a showdown for another key commodity as economic managers sought to make prices more competitive.
— BusinessWorld

PHL in talks for loans from other countries — DOF
The Philippines is now in exploratory talks with other countries for loans after President Rodrigo Duterte halted negotiations and agreements with 18 countries that backed an investigation into his campaign against illegal drugs.
— GMA Network

LOOK: Qatar gov’t opens visa center in Philippines
The Qatari government opened its first visa center in the Philippines, making it easier for Filipinos with prospective work in the Gulf state to obtain visas.
— Rappler

Oil firms cut gasoline, diesel prices
Oil companies imposed a big-time price rollback on Sunday, almost a week after implementing a steep price increase. Phoenix Petroleum was the first to adjust its pump prices, slashing the …
— Manila Times

Air pollution in Metro Cebu back to normal levels
After more than a week of rising to unhealthy levels, the Central Visayas Environmental Management Bureau (EMB-7) said air pollution measurement are now back to normal in Metro Cebu. (READ: Indonesia haze reaches Metro Cebu )
— Rappler

Water level at Linggiu Reservoir in Johor falls below 50%: PUB
SINGAPORE: The water level at Johor’s Linggiu Reservoir that provides water to Singapore has fallen below 50 per cent, Singapore’s national water agency PUB said on Saturday (Sep 28).

IN PHOTOS: Race for Water Odyssey visits Puerto Princesa
The oceans and seas are now filled with more plastic than ever, and the Race for Water Foundation aims to change that.
— Rappler

Duterte wants tougher sanctions for child traffickers
President Rodrigo Duterte is backing harsher punishment for child traffickers, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said on Friday, September 27.
— Rappler

Gov’t sets smaller P220-B local borrowing program for Q4
THE GOVERNMENT plans to borrow P220 billion locally in the last three months of this year, smaller than what it had programmed for this semester and for the same period last year, the Bureau of the Treasury announced on Friday.
— BusinessWorld

Poll: Base effects to slow Sept. inflation
INFLATION this month could turn out to be the slowest since mid-2016 due to “base effects” from the year-ago nine-year-high 6.7%, according to a poll of 16 economists, who also cited opposing pressures from oil price volatility after the Sept. 14 attack on Saudi oil facilities and lower pork prices amid the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak.
— BusinessWorld

No sign Duterte will end ban on open-pit mining — spokesman
Rodrigo R. Duterte is not likely to lift the ban on open-pit mining — a method widely used by miners here and abroad — anytime soon, his spokesman said on Thursday last week.
— BusinessWorld

Treasury bonds likely to fetch higher yields
YIELDS from three-year Treasury bonds (T-bonds) on offer on Tuesday will likely increase on the back of recent cuts by the central bank on banks’ reserve requirement ratio (RRR) as well as its benchmark interest rate
— BusinessWorld

Darwin Dormitorio’s final hours
After months of repeated maltreatment by his fellow cadets that led to his hospitalization from August 20 to 27, Darwin Dormitorio suffered his worst blows on September 17, according to investigations conducted by the Baguio City police.
— GMA Network

Malicious bots and trolls spread vaccine misinformation – now social media companies are fighting back
Social media have become one of the preeminent ways of disseminating accurate information about vaccines .
— Rappler

Davao Norte town to conduct pigs profiling vs. ASF
Santo Tomas town in Davao del Norte will conduct pigs profiling of all backyard raisers and swine companies to determine the occurrence of African swine fever (ASF), an agriculture officer said Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Brawner: Some upperclassmen detained as more marks, injuries found on plebes
The newly installed commandant of cadets of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) said some upperclassmen are being held by authorities after a physical exam of all fourth class cadets turned up more signs of maltreatment, with some of the plebes being confined to hospital.
— GMA Network

PHL, UAE sign anti-human trafficking agreement
The Philippines and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a memorandum of understanding against human trafficking and protecting women and children, the Department of Foreign Affairs announced on Friday.
— GMA Network

Russia offers e-visa privilege for PH starting October 2019
Russia announced that it will offer the e-visa privilege for Filipinos to enter Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region starting October 1, 2019.
— Rappler

Russia rolls out the red carpet for Huawei over 5G
While the US banned Huawei for alleged espionage and asked its allies to do the same, Moscow has rolled out the red carpet for the Chinese tech company, letting it develop 5G networks in Russia.

Sotto: 2 US senators’ proposal to ban entry of PHL gov’t officials a violation of US Constitution
The proposal to ban the entry to the United States of Philippine government officials allegedly behind the detention of Senator Leila de Lima is a violation of the US Constitution.
— Eagle News

Mimaropa tourist arrivals reach 2.55 million in 2018
Tourism Regional Director for Mimaropa Danilo B. Intong presented the programs, projects, and other activities of the Department of Tourism (DOT) in the Mimaropa region during the last leg of Dagyaw 2019
— Philippine Information Agency

Gatchalian calls for suspension of U.P. frat in latest hazing incident
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian called for the preventive suspension of the entire University of the Philippines (UP) Sigma Rho Fraternity after screenshots revealing the group’s history of hazing circulated online.
— Rappler

Trade union welcomes creation of anti-child labor council
The Federation for Free Workers (FFW) welcomed the creation of the National Council Against Child Labor (NCACL) after President Rodrigo Duterte signed Executive Order No. 92 on September 17.
— Rappler

Farmers are business partners in this zero-waste café
For the better part of a decade doing volunteer work, Che Abrigo had witnessed the plight of marginalized farmers firsthand.
— Rappler

Philippines, eight other countries join US strategic minerals initiative
THE UNITED STATES on Thursday said nine countries have joined its initiative to help discover and develop reserves of minerals used to make electric vehicles, part of an effort to cut the world’s reliance on China for the high-tech materials.
— BusinessWorld

Libreng sakay: Free rides on Monday due to nationwide transport strike
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and a number of local government units (LGUs) will offer free rides on Monday, September 30, for commuters who will be affected by the nationwide transport strike.
— Rappler

Bangko Sentral hits the gas for economic growth
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) trimmed the level of cash banks need, as the Philippines struggles to hit its economic growth target.
— Rappler

Inflation for bottom-30% income bracket falls further in Aug.
INFLATION as experienced by low-income families, cooled further in August to its slowest rise in nearly three years, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— BusinessWorld

NCR water rates to increase
CUSTOMERS of the two water concessionaires servicing the National Capital Region (NCR) will see an increase in their bills — to take effect in mid-October — as the water regulatory office factors in the impact of the weakening of the peso against foreign currencies, largely the US dollar and the Japanese yen.
— BusinessWorld

9th Likhang HABI Market Fair invites everybody to participate in #HABIJourney
The Philippine Textile Council will showcase #HABIJourney at the 9th Likhang HABI Market Fair on October 11 to 13 at the Glorietta 3 Activity Center in Makati City. With …
— Manila Times

Village councilman, 2 others slain in NoCot gun attack
An incumbent village councilor and two others were killed in Pikit, North Cotabato when unidentified gunmen sprayed them with bullets while in a roadside drinking session Saturday night.
— Philippine News Agency

Kidapawan prepares for October trek to Mt. Apo
The Kidapawan City Tourism Office (KCTO) in North Cotabato has announced the scheduled reopening of the Mt. Apo trail starting next month, just in time for the October trek (Octo Trek 2019).
— Philippine News Agency

Downtown Cebu City sidewalk vendors given Sunday noon deadline to relocate
To force Cebu City sidewalk vendors out of busy areas, the local government has given the estimated 250 stalls until noon of Sunday, September 29, to move to the designated area at “Tabo sa Banay” on F. Gonzales street.
— Rappler

SBMA to foreclose Ocean Adventure Park
The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) is set to repossess the popular marine theme park Ocean Adventure and its related facilities due to multiple contract violations and failure to fulfill development commitments.
— Rappler


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