Philippines morning news for January 29

Philippines morning news for January 29

Philippines morning newsCurrent suspected nCoV cases in PHL jump to 24, with 18 in NCR; but DOH assures no confirmed case yet
There are at least 27 persons in the country who have been considered “patients under investigation” (PUIs) for the novel coronavirus infection, and three of them so far have been discharged from hospitals after results showed they are negative of the disease, the Department of Health said.
— Eagle News

Kuwaiti employers of OFW Villavende charged with murder – Bello
The employers of slain overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Jeanelyn Villavende have been charged with murder in Kuwait, said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Tuesday, January 28.
— Rappler

Gov’t: Filipinos who wish to return from China will have to be quarantined for 14 days
The government on Tuesday, Jan. 28, said Filipinos who would like to return to the Philippines from China will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine period upon their arrival.
— Eagle News

2 chartered flights on standby to evacuate Pinoys in Hubei
Some two chartered flights are on standby to evacuate Filipinos from Hubei province who wish to return home amid the 2019-novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China.
— Philippine News Agency

Philippines stops issuing visas on arrival to Chinese nationals on Wuhan virus fears
The Philippines stopped issuing visas on arrival to Chinese nationals on Tuesday (Jan 28), in a bid to keep the southeast Asian nation free of a new virus that has killed 106 and infected more than 4,500 since emerging in China in December.
— CNA

Gov’t eyes P37B in sin taxes this year for health care
THE Department of Finance (DoF) expects to collect P37.2 billion in so-called sin taxes this year after a measure was enacted raising the tax on alcohol products and cigarettes.
— BusinessWorld

WHO exec to Pinoys without flu-like symptoms: No need to wear face masks
People who do not exhibit flu-like symptoms do not need to wear face masks in the Philippines, an official from the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday amid growing fears of contracting the novel coronavirus.
— GMA Network

Pagcor orders POGOs to quarantine new workers
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) directed Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) to impose a 10-day quarantine on all newly hired and returning employees from countries with reported cases of the novel coronavirus .
— Rappler

PHL, South Korea ready P3.87-billion fund to bankroll BBB projects
The Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” (BBB) program has gained another major boost after Manila and Seoul opened a $71-million fund to hasten the rollout listed infrastructure projects, and leave behind P1.4 trillion worth of projects in the pipeline for the next administration.
— Business Mirror

Palace: OFW deployment ban to Kuwait stays
THE total deployment ban to Kuwait stays, Malacañang said on Tuesday, even after murder charges were filed against the employers of slain Filipina domestic worker Jeanelyn Villavende.
— Manila Times

No sulfur dioxide emission from Taal over past 24 hours — Phivolcs
THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said on Tuesday that there was no more trace of sulfur dioxide from Taal Volcano in the past 24 hours.
— Manila Times

DOTr suspends five emission test centers for alleged falsification of test results
The Department of Transportation has suspended five emission test centers for alleged falsification of test results.
— Eagle News

Taal P30-billion funds eyed for dev’t works after downgrade
THE proposed P30-billion supplemental budget to aid those affected by the Taal ashfall will likely be refocused towards development projects for the region after prospects dimmed for an explosive eruption, a key legislator said.
— BusinessWorld

South Korea to provide $50-million facility for feasibility studies
THE Department of Finance (DoF) and Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM) exchanged loan documents Tuesday for a $50-million facility intended to fund feasibility studies and various preliminary activities for infrastructure projects.
— BusinessWorld

Baguio police tag journalist as ‘communist front organization personality’
Police have wrongly tagged the managing editor of a Northern Luzon online newspaper as an affiliate of a communist front organization, National Union of Journalists Auditor Kimberly Quitasol said.
— The Philippine Star

DOH sees faster confirmatory tests for nCoV once primer arrives in the Philippines
The processing time of confirmatory tests for novel coronavirus infection would be faster once the primer for the virus arrives in the Philippines this week, according to the Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Energy regulator approves reduction in feed-in tariff allowance
THE Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) said Tuesday that it approved a feed-in tariff allowance (FiT-All) of P0.0495 per kilowatt-hour (kWh), or lower than what was applied for by the government corporation that handles the collected amount from consumers.
— BusinessWorld

House pushes bill protecting women, kids vs. e-violence
A bill seeking to protect women and children from all forms of electronic violence hurdled second reading approval at the House of Representatives.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov’t to firm up proposals on US military deal
A CABINET cluster will meet on Friday to finalize recommendations on a plan to end an agreement with the US on the deployment of troops and equipment for war games, Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said on Tuesday.
— BusinessWorld

Authorities refute social media post on nCov-infected Thai patient at SPMC
MEDICAL AUTHORITIES have quashed reports shared on social media about a supposed patient from Thailand infected with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) who has been admitted at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City.
— BusinessWorld

Lower power rates seen after FiT-All approval
CONSUMERS can expect to pay less for electricity soon after the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) approved a lower feed-in tariff allowance (FiT-All) that is used to subsidize renewable energy (RE) developers.
— Manila Times

‘No order to ban Chinese from Philippines’
Malacañang sees no need to bar Chinese – even those from Wuhan – from entering the Philippines even as the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has suspended the issuance of visa-upon-arrival (VUA) to Chinese nationals.
— The Philippine Star

Government sells P134 billion worth of retail treasury bonds
The Bureau of the Treasury on Tuesday awarded P134 billion worth of retail treasury bonds with a coupon rate of 4.375 percent in an auction nearly five times oversubscribed.
— Manilastandard.net

ABS-CBN’s 1B preferred shares only for insiders?
ABS-CBN Corp. lists on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) 861,971,968 outstanding shares; 872,122,352 listed shares; and 883,294,529 issued shares. It has free-float level equivalent to 42.77 percent of outstanding.
— Manila Times

Hontiveros sees link between influx of POGO workers, rise of sex trafficking in Manila
Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday, January 28, called on the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to suspend the visa upon arrival privilege for Chinese nationals, saying it is a scheme that has readily assisted the rise of Chinese criminals in the country.
— Rappler

‘Anti-democratic’ to ban dynasties, say lawmakers from political clans
Two congressmen who belong to political dynasties opposed the proposal to include in the Constitution the prohibition on relatives within the second degree of consanguinity to run in the same elections.
— Rappler

Coronavirus watch in Cebu goes down to municipal level
The heightened surveillance against the 2019 new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the Province of Cebu will go down to the town level to protect the Cebuanos from the flu-like virus strain, the provincial health officer here on Tuesday said.
— Philippine News Agency

Seoul, Manila to hold 5th round of FTA talks
South Korea said Tuesday it plans to hold the fifth round of talks with the Philippines on a bilateral free trade agreement this week, with a goal of concluding the deal this year.
— The Korea Herald

Experts from different countries join counterterrorism conference in Cebu
Delegates from different countries on Tuesday participated in a conference on counterterrorism in Cebu, according to a report by Mav Gonzales on GMA News TV’s Balitanghali.
— GMA News (video)

Lawyer, aide killed in Pampanga ambush
A lawyer and his aide were killed in an ambush by still unidentified gunmen in Barangay San Vicente here on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

NegOr puts up contingency measures amid 2019-nCoV scare
The provincial government of Negros Oriental, through the Provincial Health Office (PHO), is putting in place contingency measures to prevent the entry of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and handle it in case it reaches the province.
— Philippine News Agency

PETA calls for inclusion of animals in rescue missions
Animal welfare group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia on Tuesday called on lawmakers and authorities involved in rescue missions during times of calamity to make space for animals instead of abandoning them in dangerous conditions.
— GMA Network

BSP adopts new pricing for rediscounting loans
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has adopted a new pricing structure for its rediscounting facility in response to changes in monetary management or economic conditions.
— The Philippine Star

Boy, 8, accidentally shot dead by playmate, 12
An eight-year-old boy died after he was accidentally shot by his playmate in Barangay San Gabriel in this city on Sunday.
— The Philippine Star

Negrense animal raisers avail of P5-M agri fund
A total of 14 animal raisers in Negros Occidental have availed of a PHP5-million loan assistance from the Agricultural Competitiveness Enhancement Fund (ACEF) of the Department of Agriculture (DA).
— Philippine News Agency

Switzerland donates P10.5-M to ‘Ursula’ victims in PH
The Switzerland government donated on Tuesday 200,000 Swiss francs (PHP10.5 million) to the victims of Typhoon Ursula that barreled through the Philippines December last year.
— Philippine News Agency

Customs Modernization law amendment bills consolidated
THE House Committee on Ways and Means has approved a substitute bill seeking to amend the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act (CMTA).
— BusinessWorld

LBP, RODECO ink P30M loan MOA for PUVMP
As part of the implementation of the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVMP) here, the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) signed the P30 million-loan agreement with the Royal Developer Consortium- Transport Service Cooperative (RODECO), January 23 at Cooperative Development and Livelihood Office, Hinaplanon, here.
— Philippine Information Agency

NHA unveils housing project for IPs in Davao Norte town
The construction of 300 housing units for the Indigenous Peoples (IP) here will start next month, an official of the National Housing Authority (NHA) said Monday.
— Philippine News Agency

House body defers Cha-Cha report
A HOUSE body has deferred a committee report on proposed changes to the 1987 Constitution as it considers other proposals on federalism.
— BusinessWorld

Drop in corruption index motivation for PH to improve: PCOO
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Tuesday said the Philippines’ lower ranking in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) last year will serve as a motivation for the government to “improve” in its efforts to curb corruption.
— Philippine News Agency

President Duterte’s one-on-one with Panelo postponed anew
President Rodrigo Duterte’s scheduled one-on-one with Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo today, Jan. 28, has been postponed anew.
— Eagle News

Malversation raps dismissed vs. ex-DA officials over P4.9-M fund transfer sans docs
The Sandiganbayan has dismissed malversation of public funds charges against former Department of Agriculture officials in connection with the transfer of P4.9 million in public funds to private suppliers without public bidding due to lack of evidence.
— GMA Network

PRURide PH expected to draw over 2K cyclists
Once again, insurance and investment firm Pru Life UK is presenting its award-winning cycling event, the PRURide PH, from March 11 to 15.
— Philippine News Agency

Skyway Alabang-Zapote northbound ramp open to motorists for limited hours starting Feb. 1
The Skyway northbound ramp from Alabang-Zapote road will be open to motorists for limited hours only starting February 1.
— Eagle News

PSC starts discussing NSA budget for 2020
The Philippine Sports Commission has scheduled a series of budget hearings with national sports associations (NSAs) starting Tuesday next week (Feb. 4) to finalize their budget for 2020.
— Philippine News Agency

DA assures continuous financial support to agripreneurs
Department of Agriculture (DA) assured its continuous support to agri-entrepreneurs through the launching of two loan programs.
— Philippine Information Agency

Bicol infra firm partners with Canadian company for countryside water projects
ALBAY-BASED Verzontal Infrastructure Corp. (VIC) has partnered with Canadian firm Filtrum Construction for water supply and wastewater treatment projects in rural areas.
— BusinessWorld

DA-Davao aims for rice self-sufficiency in region
THE DEPARTMENT of Agriculture-Davao (DA-11) is aiming for rice self-sufficiency in the region, where banana and coconut are among the major crops.
— BusinessWorld

Keep your banknotes, coins clean – BSP
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in Ilocos Norte is urging the public to refrain from defacing and ruining the country’s currency as they intensify its campaign for Clean Note and Coin Policy (CNCP).
— Philippine Information Agency

Salceda eyes creation of Center for Disease Control
Albay Representative Joey Salceda will file a bill seeking the creation of a Center for Disease Control.
— GMA Network

Sandigan orders JPE to sign pre-trial order on plunder, graft cases
The Sandiganbayan Third Division ordered former Senator Juan Ponce Enrile to personally appear before the anti-graft court to sign the pre-trial order which would determine the course of his trial in connection with the P172 million plunder case leveled against him from the P10 billion pork barrel scam.
— GMA Network

2 Chinese, 1 Filipino killed in Taguig shooting incident
Two Chinese nationals and a Filipino man were killed while two Filipina minors were injured in a shooting incident in Taguig City on Tuesday afternoon, January 28, the Southern Police District (SPD) said.
— Rappler

PDEA names 3 Naga City barangays as drug-cleared
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) declared three (3) barangays of this city as drug-cleared after passing the 14 parameters or conditions under Section 8 of the Dangerous Drugs Board Resolution No. 3, Series of 2017.
— Philippine Information Agency

Philippine Navy mints first female commodore
For the first time in history, the Philippine Navy promoted a woman to the rank of commodore – equivalent to the one-star rank of brigadier general in the Army, Air Force, and the Marines.
— Rappler

AFP chief Santos promoted to four-star general
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr. was promoted to the rank of General, the AFP s Public Affairs Office announced.
— GMA Network

Palace to probe prostitution rings allegedly patronized by POGO workers
The Palace on Tuesday, Jan. 28, said it would probe what is said to be the proliferation of prostitution rings supposedly patronized by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators workers.
— Eagle News

RDC greenlights Capas-Botolan Road Project
Regional Development Council (RDC) has passed a resolution endorsing the Capas-Botolan Road Project of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
— Philippine Information Agency

Bohol spurs farmers to keep ube industry alive with annual festival
BOHOL — popular for its chocolate hills, tarsier, beaches, and peanut kisses — is celebrating the Ubi Festival this week in honor of the province’s inconspicuous high-value crop, the yam.
— BusinessWorld

Guv’s ‘hitman’, wife shot dead in NegOr town
An alleged hitman implicated in a reported plot to kill Negros Oriental Governor Roel Degamo and in the failed assassination try on a lawyer-councilor in Bayawan City several years ago was shot dead, along with his wife, by unidentified gunmen in that southern city over the weekend.
— Philippine News Agency

Pangasinan rice processing complex up for rehabilitation
The provincial government of Pangasinan is set to rehabilitate the rice processing complex (RPC) situated in Sta. Barbara town, as its operation and management will soon be under the province.
— Philippine News Agency

Supreme Court approves domestic adoption process for American couple
The Supreme Court (SC) sided with an American couple living in the Philippines in a years-long court procedure to legally adopt their 7-year-old daughter who has been in their custody and care since she was one year old.
— Rappler

 

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