Philippines morning news for September 9

Philippines morning news for September 9

Philippines morning news

Another suicide bombing hits Sulu
A suicide bomber, suspected to be a woman, was killed when the bomb strapped to her body went off at the entrance of a military detachment in Indanan, Sulu on Sunday, the military said.
— The Manila Times

PEZA locators threaten to exit over new tax bill
Foreign companies operating in economic zones are preparing to exit the country once the proposed Corporate Income Tax and Incentive Rationalization Act is passed into law, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority said over the weekend.

House to begin debates on proposed 2020 budget on Sept. 10
The House of Representatives will start deliberations for the proposed ₱4.1-trillion budget for 2020 on Tuesday, September 10.
— CNN Philippines

Gov’t cost for antiretroviral therapy of Filipinos stricken with HIV to reach P1 billion a year
Anakalusugan partylist Rep. Michael Defensor said on Sunday the government will have to shell out some P1 billion annually to support the antiretroviral therapy (ART) of the growing number of Filipinos living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
— Manila Bulletin

Subsidies to GOCCs grow to P38B in July
GOVERNMENT subsidies to state-run companies rose to P38.28 billion in July, according to the Bureau of the Treasury.
— The Manila Times

House lines up reforms for final OK
TWO MORE tax reforms and a measure that will further open up the economy can be expected to bag final approval in the House of Representatives this week, leaders of the chamber said in separate interviews last weekend.
— BusinessWorld Online

Philippines improves Global Innovation Index ranking
SCIENCE and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña announced that the Philippines’ innovation ranking for 2019 is now 54, a big leap from 73 in 2018.
— Sun Star

Travel, tourism sector boosts PH economy with US$82 B in 2018 – report
Travel and tourism contributed US$82 billion to Philippine economy and was the country’s largest sector in 2018, having a 24.7-percent share in the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to a study by a global body that represents the private sector of travel and tourism.
— Manila Bulletin

Steep learning curve behind delay in ODA inflow from China–DOF exec
THE national government blamed a “steep learning curve” for the delay in Official Development Assistance (ODA) inflows from China.
— Business Mirror

Reconstruction of Marawi roads start
THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has started the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the 18.9-kilometer transcendental roads in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur.
— The Manila Times

Singaporean president arrives in PH for 4-day state visit
Singaporean President Halimah Yacob has arrived in the Philippines for a four-day state visit.
— CNN Philippines

PCOO clarifies budget for federalism campaign not under agency
Funding for the administration’s information campaign promoting the shift to a federal form of government was not included in the Presidential Communications Operations Office’s (PCOO’s) budget, the agency clarified Sunday.
— GMA News

P32 billion used for disaster risk reduction, management in 2018 – COA
About 34% of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Fund worth P88.96 billion had been utilized in 2018, the Commission on Audit (COA) found.
— Rappler

Export or fall deeper into debt
Last week, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) reported that the national debt will top $151 billion by the end of 2019, and $167.3 billion by the end of 2020.
— BusinessWorld Online

PEZA seeks retention of incentives for exporters
The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) is seeking the application of a move to rationalize tax incentives on domestic enterprises first, while retaining perks for export-oriented industries in the economic zones to enable them to benefit from the trade war between the United States and China, and other global opportunities.
— Philippine News Agency

72 convicts freed under GCTA have returned so far –Albayalde
At least 72 convicts who had been released by virtue of the Good Conduct Time Allowance (GCTA) Law have surrendered to the police, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Oscar Albayalde said on Sunday.
— GMA News

Duterte: Gov’t ready to assist as Moro rebels lay down arms
As hundreds of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters turned over their weapons on Saturday, President Rodrigo Duterte assured the Moro rebels the government is ready to assist them as they transition to civilian lives.
— CNN Philippines

‘DA to slap safeguard duty on rice imports’
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has agreed to invoke a law that allows the agency to impose safeguard duty on rice imports, according to the chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means.
— Business Mirror

DITO Telecom ready to spend P20.5b in Clark data campus
Third telecommunications player DITO Telecommunity Corp. of Udenna Corp. and China Telecom said it will invest P20.5 billion over a five-year period to build a data center in Clark Global City, Pampanga.

Philippines: Churches being rebuilt 6 years after earthquake
People in the central Philippines are struggling to rebuild centuries-old churches damaged by a powerful earthquake six years ago.
— Aljazeera

Solon bats for ‘life sentence without parole’ for heinous crime convicts
Amid the controversy involving the release of heinous crime convicts due to ambiguities in the law on good conduct time allowance (GCTA), Cebu Representative Eduardo Gullas on Sunday suggested the creation of a law which would allow trial courts to impose life sentence without parole penalties on ruthless criminals.
— GMA News

PLDT to build two new international submarine cables as data use booms
DIGITAL services provider PLDT Inc. plans to build two new international submarine cables to further beef up its global cabling capacity, as it anticipates the boom in data usage in the Philippines to persist over the next few years with the continued growth of the digital economy.
— Business Mirror

Philippines acquires 3 more new warships – AFP
The country’s naval capability will be boosted further with the arrival of three frigates next year.
— The Philippine Star

Over 4K jobs to be generated from Dito data center
AS many as 4,500 jobs would become available to Filipinos once third major telecommunications (telco) player Dito Telecommunity Corp. establishes its main data center in Clark Global City.
— The Manila Times

DITO Telecom ready to spend P20.5b in Clark data campus
Third telecommunications player DITO Telecommunity Corp. of Udenna Corp. and China Telecom said it will invest P20.5 billion over a five-year period to build a data center in Clark Global City, Pampanga.

Malaysia rejects Philippine foreign affairs secretary’s statement on Sabah
Malaysia unequivocally rejects the statement of Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. concerning the Malaysian state of Sabah at the Budget Briefing of the Committee on Appropriation on Sept 4.
— News Straits Times

Philippines to help 12 nationals detained in Iran for oil smuggling
The Philippine government said Sunday it would provide assistance to 12 Filipino crew members of a tugboat seized by Iran for alleged oil smuggling.
— Gulf Times

BSP to issue debt papers in Q2 2020
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is now looking at issuing its own debt papers in the second quarter of 2020 to strengthen the regulator’s money operations aimed at influencing the underlying demand and supply conditions.
— The Philippine Star

Duterte vetoes PUP bill
President Rodrigo Duterte has vetoed a bill that seeks to declare the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) a national polytechnic university.
— The Manila Times

1 in 5 Pogo workers is Pinoy–DOLE
Only 1 out of 5 workers employed by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogos) is a Filipino, according to data from various government agencies that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will validate.
— Business Mirror

Communities to get P38M from AEV unit
LISTED AboitizPower Corp. is set to remit a total of P38.4 million to communities that host some of its power plants after its subsidiaries late last week signed agreements on this move with the local government units (LGUs) of Navotas City and the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, Benguet and Isabela.
— The Manila Times

What Metro Manila mayors are doing to employ more locals
One staple promise every election candidate has made for their constituents is jobs.
— Rappler

Philippines eyes higher sales from world’s biggest food fair
Philippine firms are expected to generate $66 million worth of sales from the world’s biggest food fair to be held in Germany next month, the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) said.
— The Philippine Star

DOH mounts 1st sea ambulance to serve island villagers
THE first sea ambulance purchased by the Department of Health (DOH) has completed its test run and will soon serve patients in far-flung island communities and geographically isolated and disadvantage areas (Gida) in Panukulan town in Quezon province. It will also serve the Polillo Group of Islands on the southeast part of the province.
— Business Mirror

Photo contest to depict SEA ‘agripreneurs’
An intergovernment treaty organization hosted by the Philippine government has opened a photo contest on vibrant images that depict enterprising and innovative Southeast Asia young “agripreneurs” who are actively engaged in agriculture now and in the future.

Uniting for ‘Zero Leprosy’ in Manila
World Health Organization’s (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination Yohei Sasakawa called on academics, medical stakeholders, and those affected by the disease to unite towards “Zero Leprosy”.
— Philippine News Agency

Sotto wants ‘situs of tax’ amended to boost LGUs revenue
In a bid to increase the local government units’ (LGU) revenue collection, Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III has proposed to amend the “Situs of the Tax” provision in RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991.
— Philippine News Agency

Quezon province’s IPs reject Kaliwa Dam project
The Indigenous people of General Nakar in Quezon province voted an overwhelming no to the Kaliwa Dam project, as the process for Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) in their area concluded recently.
— Rappler

Dabawenyos urged to be vigilant after Isulan blast
A top official from the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) reminded Dabawenyos anew to be vigilant following the bombing in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat on Saturday.
— Philippine News Agency

OPAPP, TESDA ink deal to assist decommissioned MILF troops
The Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on Friday, September 6, in Cotabato City to assist decommissioned troops of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
— Philippine Information Agency

Gov’t committed to pursue Mindanao peace –Nograles
Resolute in his pursuit for peace in Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte decided to push through with the ceremonial decommissioning of guns and combatants in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao despite a blast that rocked Isulan market hours earlier, and hurting seven people.
— GMA News

DILG 10 calls support of Provincial Board Members to end insurgency
Gearing up towards ending local communist armed conflict in the country, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 10 further calls the active engagement of the Provincial Board Members League of the Philippines (PBMLP) to end insurgency.
— Philippine Information Agency

Czech Republic bridges IT sector with PH
On the brink of an increased technological innovation, an integrated and comprehensive response that connects global policy will increase positive transformation as the world enters the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
— The Manila Times

British government, insurance company fund Filipinos to study in the UK
British life insurer Pru Life UK, through its community investment arm Prudence Foundation, in partnership with the British government, is funding two Filipino advocates of education and financial literacy through the Chevening Scholarship.
— The Manila Times

PHL, Morocco agree on direct flights
THE Philippine and Moroccan governments started air talks last week and agreed to allow direct flights between the two countries.
— BusinessWorld Online


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This week’s Philippines morning news feature photo focuses on World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), September 10.


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