Philippines morning news for January 31

Philippines morning news for January 31

Philippines morning news

Philippines confirms first case of novel coronavirus
The Philippines has confirmed its first case of novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV.
— CNN Philippines (video)

Solons urge temporary China travel ban amid nCoV scare
Following confirmation of the first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country, several senators on Thursday called on the government to impose travel restrictions on all travelers coming from, or have passed through, China to deter the spread of the virus.
— Philippine News Agency

Alert level 3 still hoisted over Taal as it spews steam-laden plumes
An alert level 3 remains hoisted over Taal as it continued to spew white steam-laden plumes 500 meters tall.
— Eagle News

11-month state infrastructure spending dips to P709 billion
STATE infrastructure spending declined as of end-November, still due to the more than four-month delay of the 2019 budget, as well as the election ban.
— Business Mirror

Philippines confirms more ASF cases; 200,000 pigs culled
The Philippines has reported more African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks, with culled pigs nearing 200,000.
— The Philippine Star

DFA: First batch of Pinoys moved out of Wuhan next week
The Department of Foreign Affairs on Thursday said it would airlift the first batch of Filipinos from coronavirus-hit Wuhan City and the rest of Hubei province starting next week.
— GMA Network

GDP growth seen to pick up to 6.3% – Maybank
THE Philippine economy is expected to rebound in 2020 after falling to an eight-year low last year on the back of monetary policy easing, increased government spending and more tax reforms, according to an analyst from Maybank Kim Eng.
— Manila Times

P13-billion fund can be tapped to deal with 2019-nCoV
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday said President Duterte can tap the P13-billion contingency fund in the 2020 national budget to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, in the country.
— Business Mirror

Tax effort rises to 15.1% of GDP
THE government’s tax effort, or the share of tax collections to gross domestic product, improved to 15.1 percent of GDP in 2019 from 13.6 percent in 2015, making it the country’s best in more than two decades.
— Business Mirror

Rural electrification program gets additional P700 million funding
Electrification projects are set to get an additional budget of P700 million this year, according to the National Electrification Administration (NEA).
— The Philippine Star

House vows to pass law on motorcycle taxis by March
The House of Representatives has vowed to come up by March with a legislative measure that would legitimize and regulate motorcycle ride-hailing services in the country.
— The Philippine Star

2,000 cops pull out of Taal after danger level lowering
About 2,000 police officers who were deployed to assist affected families of the Taal Volcano eruption were pulled out from the volcano’s danger zone, the Philippine National Police said on Thursday.

Tax effort best in two decades amid crackdown on tax evasion, smuggling
FINANCE SECRETARY Carlos G. Dominguez III said tax revenue as a share of the economy in 2019 rose to 15.1% from 14.7% a year earlier, which he called the highest rate in over two decades.
— BusinessWorld

Government softens on PPPs as private sector angles for bigger role
MIDWAY through the government’s term, the list of key infrastructure flagship programs has been revised, signalling a rethinking of priorities, not the least of which is a politically-driven decision to complete a significant number of works by the time the President steps down in 2022.
— BusinessWorld

Philippines first novel coronavirus case flew Cebu Pacific, PAL –DOH
The country’s first confirmed case of novel coronavirus infection was on flights of both Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific, Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo has said.
— GMA Network

Economic managers downplay initial big impact of 2019-nCoV
Economic managers on Thursday discounted the possible effect of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on the Philippine economy, citing government measures to address the issue.
— Philippine News Agency

PNP implements smoke-free ordinance, apprehends violators in Maasin City
Basing on City Ordinance 2006-029 or known as the “Smoke-Free Ordinance in Maasin City,” the Philippine National Police-Maasin City Police Station apprehending team nets a total of eight violators, Chief of Police Mark Nalda reported.
— Philippine Information Agency

BSP sees slight uptick in inflation due to Taal Volcano eruption
Officials of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) forecast a slight uptick of food inflation in the first quarter of 2020 as a result of the Taal Volcano eruption this month.
— Philippine News Agency

Gov t working to prevent nCoV spread –Andanar
A Malacañang official on Thursday assured the public that the government is implementing measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.
— GMA Network

Grab: Drivers have right to cancel bookings for suspected nCoV-afflicted passengers
Grab Philippines on Friday said its drivers are within their rights to cancel rides if they suspect that their passengers are afflicted with the 2019 novel coronavirus.
— GMA Network

China favored? Malacañang ‘open’ to complaints on Sangley airport project
Following complaints that the bidding process for the Sangley Point International Airport project favored a questionable Chinese firm, Malacañang said it is open to receiving complaints on supposed anomalies.
— Rappler

Duterte hits corruption in LRT, Ayala-UP technohub deals
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has decried the massive corruption in the state-run Light Rail Transit (LRT) Authority’s existing contract with the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), as well as a lease deal between the University of the Philippines (UP) and Ayala Land.
— Manila Times

Duterte signs law declaring ‘Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims’
PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill declaring a day of remembrance for road crash victims and their loved ones.
— Manila Times

Quezon City bans new POGOs
The Quezon City government has suspended the entry of new Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) amid concerns surrounding the industry.
— The Philippine Star

Luzon facing tight power supply in dry months
The Luzon grid will face tight power supply and possible high rates in the spot market during the dry months similar to what happened last year, according to an official from Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines.

13 foreign women rescued from Makati sex den
Thirteen women, all foreigners, were rescued during a raid on a prostitution den at a hotel in Makati City on Wednesday night.
— The Philippine Star

Para Games athletes all ready to rumble
FILIPINO para athletes have been drawing an unprecedented support from government and are extremely thankful with the passionate treatment accorded them by Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez.
— Business Mirror

Third telco Dito ready to roll out by July
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has received assurance from top executives of Dito Telecommunity about the group’s ability to carry out its commitments by July.
— The Philippine Star

Gov’t on top of situation amid 1st nCoV case in PH
The government is “on top of the situation” after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country, a Palace official said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Duque endorses entry ban on travelers from Hubei, China
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday said the Department of Health (DOH) would recommend temporary restriction of travelers from Hubei, China to keep the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from spreading nationwide.
— Philippine News Agency

Suspected nCoV carrier in Tacloban still under close watch
The 36-year-old American admitted at a hospital in this city for suspected 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is still under observation even after he was found negative of the virus based on results released on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

Villanueva urges private sector to adopt telecommuting amid nCoV case
Senator Joel Villanueva urged Thursday the private sector to adopt telecommuting as a work arrangement for employees whose tasks can be done remotely to minimize work disruptions amid the possible spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV).
— GMA Network

Solon urges travelers from Wuhan to get checked for nCoV
A party-list lawmaker on Thursday appealed to travelers who have arrived from Wuhan, China to get checked immediately for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
— Philippine News Agency

Philippine, US armies discuss enhanced cooperation amid Duterte threat vs. VFA
A day after the President Rodrigo Duterte talked about slowly toning down the Philippines’ ties with the US, officials of the two countries’ armies talked about strengthening their alliance and supporting the commitment to one another.
— GMA Network

Ateneo study on PRRD’s satisfaction ratings ‘baseless’: Andanar
A study by the Ateneo School of Government on the public satisfaction with President Rodrigo Duterte is “baseless and unfounded,” Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said on Thursday.
— Philippine News Agency

BSP eyes at least 50 bps policy rate cuts this year
THE CENTRAL BANK is still looking to cut rates by at least 50 basis points (bps) this year, its chief said on Thursday.
— BusinessWorld

‘More efforts needed to expand financial literary’
MANY Filipinos remain financially illiterate and more efforts need to be exerted to change that, a finance expert said on Thursday.
— Manila Times

Robredo to reporters: Have a stronger voice than ‘heartless trolls’
The world sees the Philippines as a “startling enigma” for its contradictions: a democracy with an authoritarian President, a fast-developing economy where more people are groaning from poverty – and what it needs is bold truth-tellers to combat the established power’s ploys, said Vice President Leni Robredo in a forum of local and international journalists.
— Rappler

Kids 12-Years-Old & Below No Longer Allowed To Take Front Seats Of Cars
New law in the Philippines bans kids 12-years-old and below from using the front seat of the car.
— Philippine News

Ban covers Duterte family, Cabinet execs personal trips to US
President Rodrigo Duterte’s ban on Cabinet members traveling to the United States covers personal and family trips, presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said on Thursday.
— GMA Network

Court convicts alleged recruiters of Veloso in another case
A Nueva Ecija court has convicted the alleged traffickers of Mary Jane Veloso of large-scale illegal recruitment in a separate case.
— Eagle News

Philippines needs weightier reason to end VFA — lawmakers
THE Philippines should end a visiting forces agreement with the US for reasons “weightier” than the cancelation of an administration senator’s visa, lawmakers said on Thursday.
— BusinessWorld

DENR mulls setting up wildlife rescue centers near Taal
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is planning to put up wildlife rescue centers at its satellite offices in Batangas and nearby provinces to facilitate rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife species fleeing Taal Volcano.
— Philippine News Agency

Chartered flight best mode to bring Pinoys back from China –envoy
The best transport arrangement to take Filipinos out of China’s Wuhan City–the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak–would be a chartered flight, Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana said Thursday.
— GMA Network

Novel coronavirus scare prompts indefinite class suspension in some Kalibo schools
Some public and private schools in Kalibo town have suspended classes as a preemptive measure after 11 Chinese tourists were put under medical observation for the novel coronavirues (2019-nCoV)in a government-run training center near the educational institutions.
— Rappler

Batangas sets up ‘ash for cash’ program for Taal eruption victims
The Batangas provincial government is setting up an ash for cash livelihood program for people displaced by the Taal Volcano eruption.
— Rappler

3 arrested, 13 women rescued in Makati ‘sex den’ raid
POLICE arrested three foreigners and rescued 11 women during a raid at an alleged prostitution den in Makati City on Wednesday night.
— Manila Times

COA allows DOST to write off P23-M loan to Pinatubo victims
The Commission on Audit (COA) has allowed the Department of Science and Technology’s Central Luzon office to write off P23.85 million in uncollected loans to victims of the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption.
— Rappler

Still no ‘meaningful accountability’ over drug war killings under Duterte – Amnesty Int’l
Justice remains elusive for the thousands killed under President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent anti-illegal drug campaign, Amnesty International (AI) said in a report released on Thursday, January 30.
— Rappler

Realtors bullish on Davao’s property market
Property builders are looking at 2020 as a very good year for Davao’s real estate industry, a ranking official of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Association, Inc. (Creba) said Wednesday.
— Philippine News Agency

3K households in Pangasinan benefit from water booster station
Some 3,086 households here enjoy sufficient water supply with the aid of the newly-inaugurated booster station project of the San Carlos City Water District (SCCWD) and PrimeWater San Carlos.
— Philippine News Agency

Nearly 1K to secure Bacolaodiat Festival
Almost 1,000 security personnel, mainly from the Philippine National Police (PNP), have been deployed to secure the three-day 15th Bacolaodiat Festival, Bacolod’s Chinese New Year celebration, which kicks off on Friday.
— Philippine News Agency

Quiboloy innocent, ready to face trafficking charges, says camp
The camp of Kingdom of Jesus Christ leader Pastor Apollo Quiboloy parried allegations of human trafficking following the raid of its office and the arrest of three administrators in the United States.
— GMA Network

103 public schools in Tabuk receive first aid kits
All 103 public elementary and secondary schools in the city received first aid kits from the city government under its Disaster Resiliency Program.
— Philippine Information Agency

Recto: US cancellation of Dela Rosa’s visa “wrong” but PHL response should be “commensurate”
Senator Ralph Recto believes the United States’ cancellation of Senator Ronald Dela Rosa’s visa was “wrong,” noting that the former national police chief had even been given the red carpet when he visited the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
— Eagle News

Subordinate officials likely to get limited US travel under Duterte order — Guevarra
Travel to the United States for subordinate executive officials will likely be limited to the most important functions in light of a presidential order banning Cabinet members from making trips to the superpower, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Thursday.
— GMA Network

Bacolod City mayor formally receives appointment as LEDAC member
Mayor Evelio Leonardia on Thursday formally received his appointment as the lone representative of the local government units (LGUs) to the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC).
— Philippine News Agency


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