Philippines morning news for January 14

Philippines morning news for January 14

Philippines morning news

Batangas declares state of calamity due to Taal Volcano eruption
The provincial government of Batangas on Monday, January 13, declared state of calamity in the province due to the eruption of Taal Volcano .
— Rappler

PNP declares full alert status for Taal Volcano eruption
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has declared full alert status for Metro Manila, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon so that cops may fully respond to the eruption of the Taal Volcano .
— Rappler

Trade deals ease health worker mobility — WTO
PHILIPPINE trade deals that grant access to health workers in partner countries represent a “substantive commitment” to allow a measure of worker mobility in the health care sector, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said in a working paper.
— BusinessWorld

Desperate Residents Ignore Dangers of Philippine Volcano and Return Home
Philippine officials appealed on Monday for desperate residents who were evacuated from towns endangered by the erupting Taal Volcano not to return to their homes because of the risk.
— The New York Times

Manila begins crackdown vs stores ‘overpricing’ N95 face masks
The Manila City government has begun its crackdown on stores allegedly selling overpriced anti-particle masks, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna announced on Monday, January 13.
— Rappler

Duterte vows EO to set drug price cap
President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to sign an executive order that will impose price limits on at least 120 life-saving medicines for the benefit of the public.
— Manilastandard.net

OFW Iraq to Doha exodus begins
THE first batch of Filipinos being moved out of Iraq will depart on Monday night for Qatar, where they will await their flight back home, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Monday.
— Business Mirror

China says Kaliwa Dam deal conforms to international practice
THE CHINESE EMBASSY in Manila said Monday that the Kaliwa Dam project loan agreement is consistent with international practice and Philippine law, contrary to claims that it includes terms that are onerous for the Philippines.
— BusinessWorld

Taal Volcano eruption causes multiple power outages
Several areas near the Taal Volcano experienced power outages due to the eruption on Sunday, the Department of Energy (DOE) said on Monday, January 13.
— Rappler

Solon urges swift use of PHIVOLCS budget to improve warning programs
House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez on Monday urged the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) to swiftly use of its P221-million budget to acquire the equipment needed to improve the country’s monitoring and warning program amid the Taal Volcano eruption.
— GMA Network

Lorenzana: No need for foreign aid yet amid Taal activity
Despite being open to foreign aid following the phreatic eruption of Taal Volcano, the Philippine government does not see yet the need to seek assistance from foreign countries, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Monday.
— GMA Network

Vendors brave imminent Taal Volcano eruption to sell the last of their goods
It is business as usual at a small market in Balete, Batangas, where the Taal Volcano can be seen from a distance, still emitting a plume of smoke.
— Rappler

Taal expected to add more ‘urgency’ to legislation creating disaster resiliency dep’t
LEGISLATORS described as “urgent” the bill creating the Department of Disaster Resilience, citing the ongoing activity at Taal Volcano.
— BusinessWorld

Work starts on four Metro Iloilo flyovers worth P1.2 billion
The construction of four flyovers in the Metro Iloilo area, at a total cost of P1.2 billion, starts this week with completion targets of the end of 2021, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
— BusinessWorld

Taal not yet significantly affecting agriculture, Dar says
AGRICULTURE Secretary William D. Dar said that the ongoing eruption of Taal volcano is not expected to have a significant effect on the performance of the agriculture sector in 2020.
— BusinessWorld

Water firms’ input on new contracts to be considered — DoJ
METRO MANILA’s water distributors will have the opportunity to comment on amendments to their concession contracts, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said.
— BusinessWorld

PNP asks 190,000 cops to give P10 for Taal Volcano victims
The Philippine National Police (PNP) has asked its personnel to donate at least P10 each to victims of Taal Volcano .
— Rappler

Court case saves 15 trees in Naga road-widening project
A Naga City court in has approved a compromise agreement between an environmental advocate and the government that would spare 15 trees from a road-widening project along the San Felipe-Panicuason Road.
— Rappler

Sinulog 2020 reminder: Only transparent bags allowed in Basilica
If you plan to visit the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu for the Sinulog Festival this week, make sure you put your belongings in a transparent bag.
— Rappler

BFAR ‘expecting the worst’ for aquatic life in Taal Lake
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is expecting the worst for the fish pens in Taal Lake following the eruption of the Taal Volcano.
— Rappler

DFA suspends consular services in Batangas on January 14
Consular services at the Department of Foreign Affairs’ (DFA) consular office in Batangas will remain suspended on Tuesday, January 14, as the province is in a state of calamity due to the eruption of the Taal Volcano .
— Rappler

Taal Volcano eruption risks GDP growth, analysts say
THE CONTINUED ERUPTION of Taal Volcano in Batangas province risks the country’s utilities, agriculture, transport and tourism sectors, not to mention overall economic growth, analysts said on Monday.
— BusinessWorld

NAIA closure affects 80,000 passengers
AN estimated 80,000 arriving and departing passengers from 516 flights were affected by the closure of the premier airport Sunday as ashfall blanketed Batangas, Cavite, and parts of Laguna and Metro Manila following the eruption of Taal Volcano.
— Business Mirror

Parañaque grants tax amnesty to property owners
Delinquent real property owners in Paranaque City have until March 31 this year to avail of a one-time real property tax amnesty.
— Manilastandard.net

DTI readies draft bill regulating shipping rates
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is planning to come up with a draft bill to address high shipping rates this month.
— The Philippine Star

Government eyes measures to limit impact of Taal eruption on economy
The government is doing the necessary response measures amid the Taal Volcano eruption, as the affected regions of the National Capital Region, Southern Luzon and Central Luzon account for significant shares in the gross domestic product, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said Monday.
— Manilastandard.net

PHL ends decade as world’s top rice importer
THE Philippines started and ended the previous decade as the world’s top rice importer, with the country formally overtaking China as the top buyer of the staple last year, based on data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
— Business Mirror

Grab starts pilot test of video recording
Grab Philippines said Monday it started the in-car audio and video recording in Metro Manila as part of new security measures to protect both riders and drivers.
— Manilastandard.net

Philippines to shoulder cost of migration of IPs affected by Kaliwa Dam project
The Philippine government has committed to shoulder the cost of migration of the indigenous people affected by the implementation of the China-funded Kaliwa Dam project, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said yesterday.
— The Philippine Star

Government work in Manila, Central Luzon resume Tuesday, 14 January
Government work in Metro Manila and Central Luzon will resume on Tuesday a day after it was suspended due to the hazardous ashfall from the eruption of Taal Volcano.
— Business Mirror

Malay town mayor, 10 other officials sued over Boracay pontoon fee
The acting town mayor, vice mayor, and the Sangguniang Bayan members of Malay, Aklan are facing administrative charges after a Boracay journalist filed a complaint against them before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas on Monday, January 13 over Boracay’s pontoon fee collection.
— Rappler

Duterte removes PNP s procurement power
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday removed the procurement power of the Philippine National Police (PNP) after he expressed outrage over potential overpricing in the radar speed guns project.
— GMA Network

Bohol to increase milk production to combat malnutrition
Bohol Governor Arthur Yap said the provincial government is eyeing for additional milk-producing carabaos at a government-run livestock farm in Ubay town to increase milk production intended to feed some 25,000 children.
— Philippine News Agency

P56-B eyed to develop Eastern Visayas’ river basins
The national government will invest about PHP56.07 billion to improve the management of two major river basins and several watersheds in Leyte and Samar provinces in the next 15 years.
— Philippine News Agency

PH may ask China’s help in case ME conflict spirals out of control
The Philippines may ask assistance from China in case the Middle East conflict spirals out of control, President Rodrigo Duterte said recently.
— Manila Bulletin

Close to 36,000 persons evacuated due to Taal eruption –NDRRMC
A total of 35,945 persons or 7,730 families have been temporarily displaced and evacuated in centers from 27 cities and municipalities of Batangas following the Taal Volcano eruption, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said in its 11:45 p.m. situation report Monday.
— GMA Network

More than 24,000 people flee as Taal Volcano spews ash, lava
At least 24,508 people have fled their homes in Batangas and Cavite provinces as of 12 noon on Monday, January 13, as Taal Volcano continues to spew ash, and with a “hazardous eruption” imminent, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.
— Rappler

Duterte vows to impose price cap on certain medicines
President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to sign an executive order that will impose maximum retail prices for at least 120 drugs, saying it was good for the general public.
— GMA Network

MCIA cancels 26 flights due to Taal Volcano eruption
The Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) on Monday cancelled 25 domestic flights and one international flight due to the Taal volcanic activity in the province of Batangas.
— Philippine News Agency

Ashfall hampering evacuation efforts in Batangas
The heavy ash fall caused by the phreatic eruption of Taal Volcano is hampering the efforts of different government agencies to evacuate residents in affected areas in Batangas.
— GMA Network (video)

FALSE: ‘Magnitude 7.8 earthquake on January 15’ after Taal eruption
Claim: A magnitude 7.8 earthquake will supposedly hit on Wednesday, January 15, affecting 15 cities in Luzon.
— Rappler

NAIA resumes flight operations
Airport authorities on Monday, Jan. 13, announced the resumption of flight operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
— Eagle News

Senators urge hospitals, LGUs to distribute protective masks for free; scores profiteering businessmen
Senators urged Monday the national and local government to provide free face masks and protective gear to the people affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano even as they scored profiteering businessmen for jacking up the prices of the supplies.
— GMA Network

Solon calls for special session to authorize more disaster funds
A leader of the House of Representatives on Monday said a special session is needed to authorize the additional funding for disaster response following the eruption of the Taal Volcano.
— Philippine News Agency

Palace blames disinformation for Pinoys believing abuses committed in war on drugs
Malacañang on Monday blamed on “peddlers of disinformation” the result of the latest survey which showed majority of Filipinos believed “many” human rights abuses had been committed in the war on drugs.
— GMA Network

Don’t hurt the endangered hornbills fleeing from Taal Volcano –DENR
Endangered species such as hornbills that have migrated to communities surrounding the Taal Volcano should not be maltreated by the public, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Monday.
— GMA Network

DOH-Bicol reminds parents to have their children dewormed
The Department of Health Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) regional office here has urged parents, particularly those with children aged one to 19 years old, to allow their children to undergo deworming.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte expresses reservations over Manila Bay reclamation projects
President Rodrigo Duterte had reservations over the proposed reclamation projects in Manila Bay due to their potential impact on the environment.
— GMA Network

China s mysterious disease is new strain of coronavirus, says DOH exec
The Department of Health confirmed on Monday that the mysterious disease that afflicted several individuals in Wuhan, China is a new strain of the coronavirus.
— GMA Network

City dad calls for ‘trash-free’ Dinagyang 2020
The Iloilo City government has called on the public to maintain the cleanliness and beauty of the metropolis amid the opening of the world-renowned Dinagyang festival.
— Philippine Information Agency

PAGASA: Volcanic Activity Can Trigger Rains Leading To Mudslides
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), light to moderate rains may trigger mudslides in areas near Taal Volcano.
— Philippine News

Globe, Smart offer free calls, internet for Taal Volcano eruption victims
Globe Telecom and Smart Communications are providing free internet connection as well as free calls and charging stations for those affected by the ongoing Taal Volcano eruption .
— Rappler

Thunderstorm advisory hoisted over parts of N. Luzon
A thunderstorm advisory has been hoisted over parts of Northern Luzon.
— Eagle News

SWS: 73% of Pinoys believe drug users have decreased since Duterte took office in 2016
Around 73% of Filipinos believe that the number of illegal drug users has been reduced since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in June 30, 2016, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll showed.
— GMA Network

Labor Code allows private sector to suspend work during calamity – DOLE
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Monday, January 13, reminded employers in the private sector that the Labor Code prescribes the suspension of work in times of calamity.
— Rappler

FALSE: ‘Photo’ of Taal Volcano eruption
Claim: An image of a volcano erupting on Sunday, January 12, is supposedly that of Taal Volcano .
— Rappler

Chinese investors eye GenSan for manufacturing plants
A DELEGATION of Chinese businessmen, together with Chinese embassy officials, visited General Santos City last week to explore investment opportunities, particularly manufacturing plants, according to Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera.
— BusinessWorld

‘Person of interest’ on slay of ex-Pangasinan police chief nabbed
Authorities have arrested one of the persons of interest in the ambush of retired Brig. Gen. Marlou Chan, a former police provincial director of Pangasinan.
— Philippine News Agency

QC keeps watch on small meat retailers over ASF virus
THE QUEZON City government is keeping an eye on small meat retailers since they are more at risk of selling African Swine Fever (ASF)-tainted meats.
— BusinessWorld

Robredo has ‘zero credibility’ to speak on drugs campaign: Palace
Vice President Leni Robredo has “zero credibility and competence” to speak about the Duterte administration’s crackdown on illegal drugs, Malacañang said on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Social compensation packages readied for jeepney drivers, operators affected by new bus system in Davao
THE LIST of jeepney drivers and operators who will be affected by the roll-out of the High Priority Bus System (HPBS) in Davao City will be finalized by March for the distribution of social compensation packages.
— BusinessWorld

PSA starts agricultural wage rate survey in Caraga Region
The Philippine Statistics Authority in Caraga (PSA-13) said it has started the month-long Agricultural Wage Rate Survey (AWRS) on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

NegOr guv announces reelection bid
Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo has formally announced he is running anew for governor in the 2022 local and national elections even if he is supposed to be serving his last term in office.
— Philippine News Agency

Davao City lines up construction of 2 colleges
THE DAVAO City government will build two colleges, one is partnership with the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP) and the other a city college, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio announced.
— BusinessWorld

Over 20K Negrenses get P124.6-M social pension for 2019
A total of PHP124.608 million was paid by the Department of Social Services and Development (DSWD) to indigent senior citizens in Negros Occidental in 2019.
— Philippine News Agency

NIA irrigates 4K hectares of Pangasinan farmlands
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) has completed 158 projects covering 4,061 hectares (has) of farmlands in the province, benefiting 13,120 farmers in the province, in 2018 and 2019.
— Philippine News Agency

Big majority of Filipinos see ‘many’ human rights abuses in Duterte’s drug war – SWS
A big majority of Filipinos believe that there are “many” human rights abuses committed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs campaign, a recent Social Weather Stations survey found.
— Rappler

Rotary Club of Tuguegarao Citadel rolls out forum on HIV
At least 50 Senior high school students of Cattagaman National High School in this city participated in the HIV 101/Stigma Reduction forum spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Tuguegarao Citadel on January 8.
— Philippine Information Agency

Anti-drug campaign emphasizes respect for human rights, PNP spox says
The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday maintained that its police operational procedures give importance and respect to human rights.
— GMA Network

More oil firms to cut prices Tuesday
More oil companies announced they will reduce their pump prices on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Legazpi City steps up eco-waste management initiatives
The Legazpi City Environment and Natural Resources Office has initiated the awarding and recognition of barangays with proper eco-waste management practices as part of its effort for the effective implementation of the city’s “no segregation, no collection policy.”
— Philippine Information Agency

Army vows to ‘shield’ Caraga youths from NPA recruitment
An Army official has vowed to help strengthen youth groups in the Caraga Region to keep them away from the influence of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA).
— Philippine News Agency

DOH-7: ‘Be mindful of health conditions before joining Sinulog’
The Department of Health (DOH) here urged those who plan to join the Sinulog Festival this year to mind their health when attending religious activities in the city.
— Philippine Information Agency

Duterte postpones visit to former rebels in Leyte
President Rodrigo Duterte has postponed a visit to former communist rebels in Leyte this week, Malacañang said Monday.
— GMA Network

Manila Water, Maynilad supply ‘not affected’ by Taal Volcano ashfall
Concessionaires Manila Water and Maynilad Water Services assured customers that water is safe to drink despite the ashfall brought about by the eruption of the Taal Volcano in Batangas.
— Rappler

Pasig police arrest suspect in rape, strangling of young girl
The lifeless body of a young girl who had been missing for nearly a day was found Sunday morning, January 12, inside the house of a tricycle driver in Pasig City.
— Rappler

PearlPay, Malayan Insurance launches ‘Pearl Protect’, an insurance package for OFWs
Local fintech PearlPay closed 2019 with the launch of Pearl Protect, a new insurance package targeted towards overseas Filipino workers.
— BusinessWorld

1 dead, 3 hurt in Laguna road crash amid Taal Volcano ashfall
A truck driver died and 3 others were hurt in a road crash in Calamba, Laguna, early Monday morning, January 13, after they encountered a mishap while driving amid ashfall from Taal Volcano.
— Rappler

Cebu City allows street parties during Sinulog Grand Parade
The Cebu City government has allowed street parties to be held during the Sinulog Grand Parade on Sunday, January 19, but subject to conditions.
— Rappler

Gov’t readies cash loan for farmers affected by Taal Volcano eruption
Farmers and fisherfolk affected by the ash eruption of the Taal Volcano in Batangas may avail of a P25,000 loan with zero interest, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Monday, January 13.
— Rappler

 

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