Philippines morning news for January 22

Philippines morning news for January 22

Philippines morning news

Signs of life at ‘no-man’s land’ around Philippine volcano
A desolate landscape of ash dunes and bare trees left by the eruption of the Philippines’ Taal volcano lay in contrast with a few signs of life at ground zero of the disaster on Tuesday.
— CNA

Number of families affected by Taal unrest now over 68K
A total of 68,439 families have so far been affected by the eruption of the Taal Volcano, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Cebu on alert as Chinese kid tested positive for ‘coronavirus’
Health authorities here are on alert following the discovery of a five-year-old child from Wuhan City, China who tested positive for a suspected coronavirus strain.
— Philippine News Agency

Go: President Duterte wants pilot study on motorcycle taxis to continue
President Rodrigo Duterte wants the Technical Working Group to continue its pilot study on motorcycle taxis.
— Eagle News

Repatriated OFWs from Middle East may be redeployed to other countries – DOLE
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who will be repatriated from the Middle East may be redeployed to other countries like Canada and China.
— Rappler

PH economic growth seen to hit 6.1% in 2020
THE Philippine economy is projected to grow at a faster pace this year because of government’s infrastructure drive and improved exports, according to an IHS Markit economist.
— Manila Times

PRRD’s net satisfaction rating soars to record-high ‘excellent’
Public satisfaction with President Rodrigo Duterte’s work performance reached a fresh record-high in the September to December 2019 period, according to the latest survey released by pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Rappler urges Supreme Court: Rule that Duterte does not have power over media
In what could be another crossroad for Filipino journalists, Rappler is asking the Supreme Court to rule that President Rodrigo Duterte – or the executive branch for that matter – has no power over the news media.
— Rappler

Agencies to submit weekly report on status of Mideast OFWs
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) ordered manning and recruitment agencies to submit a report on the situation of sea and land-based Filipino workers in the Middle East every week.
— Philippine News Agency

6.5K C. Luzon workers get P147.9-M in claims in 2019
A total of 6,574 workers in Region 3 (Central Luzon) received a total of PHP147.92 million in monetary claims in 2019 through the Single Entry Approach (SEnA) program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), an official said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

DFA to Filipinos: Refrain from bringing animal products to South Korea
The Department of Foreign Affairs has reiterated South Korea’s restriction on the bringing of animal products to the country.
— Eagle News

98% of residents in Taal’s danger zone evacuated
About 98 percent of the residents in villages located in areas within Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone have been evacuated, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reported Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

New rules to boost Islamic banking
NEW Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) regulations for Islamic banking would support the establishment of a cohesive Islamic finance regulatory framework in the Philippines, according to Fitch Ratings.
— Manila Times

2,400 tons of South Korea trash shipped back
A shipping container with 2,400 metric tons of garbage from South Korea that arrived at the Mindanao International Container Terminal (MICT) in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental in 2018 has been shipped back.
— The Philippine Star

House sets as priority P50-billion supplemental budget
The House of Representatives is ready to approve a P50-billion supplemental budget for areas affected by the Taal Volcano eruption.
— Manilastandard.net

From P3,000 to P300,000: Senate bill seeks higher indemnity for wrongful death
The Senate is mulling over the passage of remedial legislation updating the 1949-era Civil Code’s provision raising the minimum amount of damages for wrongful death caused by negligence or crime from P3,000 to P300,000.
— Business Mirror

Baguio has dirtiest air, river, says Magalong
Speaking before a national conference of the Department of Agrarian Reform, Mayor Benjamin Magalong on Tuesday revealed the poor state of environmental health of the country’s summer capital.
— Manilastandard.net

$96-million project to boost MSME growth in Caraga
A foreign-funded project that aims to increase the income of small farmers and unemployed rural folks will be implemented this year in three provinces in the Caraga region, an official of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said last Friday.
— Business Mirror

300 hogs culled in Pangasinan town
At least 300 pigs in Barangays Apaya and Polong in this town were culled on Monday.
— The Philippine Star

DILG issuing show cause orders vs officials allowing Taal danger zone visits
The Department of the Interior and Local Government would issue show cause orders against mayors who would fail to implement the no window hour rule within the 14-kilometer danger zone from Taal Volcano .
— Rappler

House to postpone plenary deliberations on Cha-cha –Rodriguez
The House of Representatives will be postponing its expected plenary deliberations on the proposed amendments to the 1987 Constitution next month to allow time to consider the proposals of an interagency body on constitutional reforms.
— GMA Network

Filipinos ‘most worried’ of China’s power in SEA
China’s growing political and economic influence in Southeast Asia (SEA) has become a major concern in the region, but nowhere is that unease stronger than in the Philippines, according to a recent survey of officials, academics and other professionals in SEA.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Coca-Cola provides over 40,000 liters of water for Taal relief
AFTER the recent significant volcanic activity in Taal Volcano, with affected communities relocated to outside possible danger zones, Coca-Cola immediately mobilized volunteers for relief operations and served as one of the first responders.
— Manila Times

Cotabato City all set for 3rd massive anti-polio drive
Cotabato City Health Office deployed Monday almost 200 immunization teams for the 3rd round of the “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio” which will last until February 2 this year.
— Philippine Information Agency

Duterte may attend US-ASEAN summit in Las Vegas – Palace
President Rodrigo Duterte may attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-United States summit in Las Vegas upon the invitation of US President Donald Trump this March, Malacañang said Tuesday.
— Manila Bulletin

Ecozones’ contingency plans geared for heavier Taal ashfall
ECONOMIC ZONES are evaluating their disaster preparations in the event of further activity from Taal volcano, with the industry association considering the likeliest scenario to be more ashfall.
— BusinessWorld

198 Metro cops caught using ‘vehicles with violations’
A total of 198 Metro Manila police officers were found to be using vehicles with violations, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Cold storage inspections authorized to control ASF
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) has instructed quarantine officers to inspect non-accredited cold storage warehouses and container vans to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF)-infected pork products.
— BusinessWorld

Local governments at the front lines of UHC implementation
FORTY-FIVE-year-old Melodina Hugo is the go-to person when family members and relatives, especially those from the remote Paquibato district, get seriously sick and need to be brought to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City, the biggest government-owned hospital in Mindanao.
— BusinessWorld

Over 214,000 Metro Manilans emerge from poverty in 2018
MORE THAN 200,000 Filipinos in Metro Manila made it past the poverty threshold in 2018, according to new data derived from poverty incidence estimates by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
— BusinessWorld

Duterte warns PMA: It takes one fly to spoil a feast
“It takes one fly to spoil a feast. It takes one scandal to ruin an avowed moral and ethical standard.”
— GMA Network

LTO pushes for trash bins in Iloilo public vehicles
The Land Transportation Office in Western Visayas (LTO 6) will order the use of trash bins in all public vehicles in Iloilo province starting third week this February.
— Philippine News Agency

GenSan to hold first-ever public transport summit
The city government will convene leaders of tricycle operators and drivers’ associations (TODA) here on Wednesday to discuss strategies and measures that will further fast-track the modernization of the area’s public transportation system.
— Philippine News Agency

DoF touts auction for sugar imports
THE Department of Finance (DoF) said it is studying an auction scheme to replace the current system of sugar imports.
— BusinessWorld

5 Indonesian fishermen kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf
Abu Sayyaf militants from the Philippines seized 5 Indonesian fishermen from a vessel off eastern Borneo, Jakarta officials said Tuesday, January 21, the latest in a series of abductions in the area.
— Rappler

1K Filipino nurses needed to work in US hospitals
Here’s good news for Filipino nurses who want to work in the United States.
— Philippine News Agency

BARMM, Ople Center inks MOA vs. human trafficking
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and the Blas F. Ople Policy Center and Training Institute, Inc. (Ople Center) inked Tuesday a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the creation of the Bangsamoro Task Force Against the Trafficking of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the region.
— Philippine News Agency

DPWH-South Leyte tackles road encroachment, creates RROW demolition team
Southern Leyte District Engineering Office has approached the problem on road encroachment head-on, creating a team dedicated to demolishing anything that blocked the road right-of-way (RROW).
— Philippine Information Agency

RDC-7 asks PRRD to fast-track judges’ appointment
The Regional Development Council in Central Visayas (RDC-7) in its full council meeting approved a resolution asking the president to fast track the appointment of judges and prosecutors in the judiciary branch in view of the noted delay in the administration of justice in the region.
— Philippine Information Agency

Sandiganbayan convicts DepEd exec in P6.34-M malversation raps
The Sandiganbayan sentenced a former Department of Education (DepEd) official to 17 years in jail for malversation of public funds.
— Philippine News Agency

Medical tourism seen to lure more Indonesians to Davao – MinDa
The local medical tourism here can potentially attract more Indonesians to visit Davao City, Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro said.
— Manila Bulletin

Politics seen in slay of 2 Bukidnon village execs
Authorities on Tuesday said they are looking at politics as the probable motive in the gunning down of two village councilors in Bukidnon town on Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

Davao City gets buses from ‘sister city’ in China
The city government is set to deploy the two buses donated by its sister city Nanning in the People’s Republic of China, an official said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

NCRPO collects P3M for Taal eruption victims
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has collected a total of P3 million which will be donated to the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.
— GMA Network

PHLPost releases special stamps to welcome ‘Year of the Rat’
To welcome the “Year of the Rat,” the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) releases special stamps for the Lunar Year.
— Philippine Information Agency

Bus firm to start servicing Davao-Arakan route soon
After 20-years, a Davao-City based bus firm will start servicing the Davao City-Kidapawan-Arakan route later this month that is expected to ease the burden of paying higher fares among the riding public in North Cotabato.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte tells alumni: Don’t ruin PMA’s image, reputation
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday reminded the alumni of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) to avoid actions that may taint the image and reputation of the state military school.
— Philippine News Agency

Phivolcs ‘respects’ Talisay vice mayor’s feelings, but ‘firm’ in science
In response to criticism from a vice mayor, an official from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said they are doing their best to provide information on the restive Taal Volcano .
— Rappler

PAGCOR allots P2B to build permanent evacuation centers
State-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) is allocating around P2 billion to build permanent evacuation centers to be used in times of calamities.
— GMA Network

DavNor guv asks CHR to probe Haran’s IP ‘exploitation’
Davao del Norte Gov. Edwin Jubahib called on the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to investigate the alleged exploitation of the Indigenous People (IP) currently housed inside the mission center of a religious group here.
— Philippine News Agency

Army vows all-out support for peace, dev’t in NegOcc
The Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade (303rd IBde) has assured Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson of the military’s support in maintaining peace and sustaining development in the province.
— Philippine News Agency

Senate releases GCTA for sale witnesses from custody
The Senate on Tuesday released from custody an inmate who claimed to be a victim of the supposed “GCTA for sale” racket at the New Bilibid Prison and his wife, who both testified in the hearing and accused Bureau of Corrections officials of being behind the scheme.
— GMA Network

PCG continues search for 7 missing fishermen off Pangasinan
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) continues its search for seven fishermen reported missing in the waters off Pangasinan since Tuesday last week.
— Philippine News Agency

Año says PNP procurement still under his supervision
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Tuesday said the procurement of the Philippine National Police would still be under his supervision despite the installation of a new PNP chief.
— GMA Network

Solon welcomes DOTr’s TWG to resume motorcycle taxis’ pilot run
A lawmaker at the House of Representatives on Tuesday welcomed the decision of the inter-agency technical working group (TWG) of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to continue the pilot operation of motorcycle taxis.
— Philippine News Agency

4M new voters seen for 2022 polls
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it expects 4 million new voters as the registration period for the 2022 elections resumed on Monday.”We expect more than 4 million new registered voters to come within the next 20 months.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH investigates suspected case of “novel coronavirus”
The Department of Health is investigating a a suspected case of “novel coronavirus.”
— Eagle News

De Lima asks SC for new judge to handle drug case
Detained Senator Leila de Lima has asked Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez to appoint a new judge to hear one of three of the government’s illegal drug cases against her.
— GMA Network

Gov’t agencies may issue ‘flexitime’ rules: CSC
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Tuesday called on government agencies to review their internal rules on working hours and consider their employees’ situation when traveling to work.”Certain conditions must be in place to manage the expectations of the public. Flexitime is allowed but the agency must ensure that its services are …
— Philippine News Agency

Gamboa aims to reduce PNP summary hearings to 15 days
With the aim to create a more responsive police force, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa on Tuesday said he wants policemen to observe work simplification in their duties.
— GMA Network

Dominguez calls for transparent gov’t, private firms’ deals
Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has raised the need for “totally transparent” contracts for any rental deal on state properties.
— Philippine News Agency

DSWD among ‘top-performing’ gov’t agencies: Pulse Asia
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is among top-performing government agencies named in a recent study conducted by survey firm Pulse Asia.
— Philippine News Agency

Panelo to recommend to Duterte to review UP-Ayala Technohub deal
Malacañang spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Tuesday said he would recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte a review of the lease agreement between state-run University of the Philippines and Ayala Land Inc.
— GMA Network

PH, Japan coast guards hold drills off Manila waters
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) held vessel-towing exercises off the coastal waters of Manila on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Bangsamoro job portal draws 160k applicants
The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) government’s recently-launched job portal has hitched 160,000 applicants for more than a thousand regional positions being processed by different ministries of the BARMM to date.
— Philippine Information Agency

P105-M school buildings for IPs completed in Soccsksargen
Some PHP105-million worth of school building projects for indigenous peoples were completed in parts of Soccsksargen last year under the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) flagship poverty alleviation program Kalahi-CIDSS.
— Philippine News Agency

Sandiganbayan acquits Purisima, Napeñas over Mamasapano clash
For lack of evidence, the Sandiganbayan has acquitted former Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima and ex-PNP Special Action Force chief Getulio Napeñas of graft and usurpation charges for their involvement in the January 2015 anti-terrorist operation that led to the deaths of 44 SAF commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao.
— GMA Network

Nothing wrong with ‘flaunting’ gov’t accomplishments: Andanar
President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration is reporting its achievements in just three years in office because Filipinos deserve to know that all state departments are working harder to improve their lives, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Senators support supplemental budget for Taal victims but say more should be done
Senators expressed support Tuesday to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to pass a supplemental budget bill to augment funds needed to aid areas affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.
— GMA Network

DILG 10-led task groups finalize implementation plans to end insurgency
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 10 continues its efforts towards ending local communist armed conflict as it conducted a task group meeting intended to review and complete the implementation plans of the two Lines of Efforts led by the Department, out of the five.
— Philippine Information Agency

DTI-Bulacan turns over P8.7-M service facilities to 7 coops
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial office here turned over on Monday PHP8.7 million worth of shared service facilities (SSF) to seven cooperators that are seen to boost the productivity of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the province.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte Legacy: Comfortable lives for all
Three years after he took office, President Rodrigo Duterte continues to deliver reforms changing the lives of Filipinos nationwide and overseas.
— Philippine News Agency

6K people join Bambino Festival in Pasig City
As the country celebrated the Santo Niño Festival on Sunday, around 6,000 people from all the 30 barangays in Pasig City joined the grand parade of the Bambino Festival — its own version of honoring the Child Jesus.Bambino means “a baby or young child.”
— Philippine News Agency

BARMM sends relief goods to Taal Volcano eruption victims
Officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) dispatched Tuesday a three-vehicle convoy loaded with relief goods for victims of the Taal volcano explosion.
— Philippine News Agency

PH seeks diplomatic relations with Bhutan
The Philippines has taken the initial step towards the establishment of diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Bhutan, the Department of Foreign affairs (DFA) confirmed Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Bill seeking inter-LGU disaster response mechanism filed in Senate
A bill seeking to create an inter-local government unit response mechanism for disasters has been filed in the Senate.
— GMA Network

DepEd 11 insists Haran’s ‘bakwit school’ illegal
As the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC 11) pushed for the closure of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Haran Mission Center, the Department of Education in Davao Region (DepEd 11) reiterated its earlier statement that the operation of ‘Bakwit School’ inside the said facility is illegal and has no government authority to operate.
— Philippine News Agency

Couple’s Nest Made for Intimate Moment of Married Couples in Evacuation Centers
Couple’s Nest for Intimate Moment of Married Couples in Tagaytay Evacuation Centers Elicits Comments Online The Couple’s nest made for the intimate moment of married couples in Tagaytay evacuation centers elicits comments online.
— Philippine News

Paras named presidential legislative assistant
Labor Undersecretary Jacinto “Jing” Paras, former 1st District Rep. of Negros Oriental, was named presidential legislative assistant under the Presidential Legislative Liaison Office.
— Philippine News Agency

P6-M plastic recycling facility opens in Nueva Ecija town
A PHP6-million plastic recycling facility that can produce useful materials out of garbage was opened Monday at the waste management park in Barangay Bagong Silang here.
— Philippine News Agency

Michelle Dee named goodwill ambassador for Autism Society of the Philippines
Miss World Philippines 2019 Michelle Dee has been named the new goodwill ambassador for the Autism Society of the Philippines, carrying out an advocacy she has been vocal about throughout her Miss World run.
— Rappler

 

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