Philippines morning news for January 8

Philippines morning news for January 8

Philippines morning news

Solon urges gov’t to adopt animals affected by Australian bushfires
Davao Oriental Representative Joel Mayo Almario is urging the Philippine government to adopt animals affected by the ongoing Australian bushfires.
— GMA Network

Inflation jumps to 2.5% in December, overall 2019 figure within target
Transportation expenses pushed up inflation in December 2019 to 2.5%, said the Philippine Statistics Authority on Tuesday, January 7.
— Rappler

Forced evacuation of Filipinos in Iraq sought
THE country’s special envoy to the Middle East has recommended the forced evacuation of Filipino workers in Iraq amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran.
— BusinessWorld

Factory output extends slump to 12th straight month in November
FACTORY output declined for the 12th straight month in November, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported yesterday.
— BusinessWorld

PH ready for ‘worst-case’ scenario of US-Iran conflict: Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte admitted on Tuesday that his administration is bracing for the possibility that the current stand-off between the United States (US) and Iran could turn into a “worst-case” scenario for the Filipinos working in the Gulf states.
— Philippine News Agency

PHL dollar reserves rise to ‘all-time high’
AMID concerns that the conflict between the United States and Iran could bring risk back to markets, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Tuesday reported that the country’s dollar reserves hit an all-time high as of end-December 2019.
— Business Mirror

Parañaque bans single-use plastic
Starting in June, the Parañaque City government will prohibit establishments from using single-use plastic for all dry goods.
— The Philippine Star

Diokno downplays impact of US-Iran tension on local economy
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Benjamin Diokno on Tuesday downplayed any significant impact on the Philippine economy of the tension between the United States and Iran.
— Manilastandard.net

DILG to push for P10-billion BFP modernization fund
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Tuesday said he will push for the allocation of P10 billion for the modernization of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
— Business Mirror

6-million devotees seen flocking to Traslacion
At least six million devotees of the Black Nazarene are expected to join in this year’s “Traslacion” or the procession of the image of the Black Nazarene, a Quiapo Church official said on Tuesday.
— Manilastandard.net

DTI urges businesses to get halal certification
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is urging businesses to cater to halal consumers by securing certification for their products and services to expand their customer base and allow the country to increase its share in the global halal market.
— The Philippine Star

DA plans to raise 2020 rice harvest by 3% to 19.6m MT
The Agriculture Department expects palay or paddy rice harvest to increase 3 percent this year to 19.6 million metric tons as farmers begin to reap the initial benefits of the government’s Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund.
— Manilastandard.net

More RRR cuts seen in 2 years
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas may lower further the level of deposits banks are required to keep with the BSP by 400 basis points over the next two years, according to British banking giant HSBC.
— The Philippine Star

Grab to revive motorcycle taxi service in PH
Grab Philippines is seeking the government’s approval to revive its GrabBike service by participating in the pilot run of motorcycle taxis in Metro Manila and Cebu.
— Manilastandard.net

Diokno: policy rate cut possible in Q1
A cut in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) key policy rates may be expected in the first quarter of 2020, BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Defense and Foreign Policy Outlook:The Administration’s reluctant partner in appeasing China
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is the administration’s reluctant partner in its appeasement policy on China.
— BusinessWorld

U.S. embassy in PH issues security alert following rising tension in Middle East
The United States Embassy in the Philippines on Tuesday, January 7, issued a security alert to its citizens living here, warning them of security risks that may follow heightened tension in the Middle East.
— Rappler

President Duterte: Robredo “a colossal blunder”
“A colossal blunder.” This was how President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, Jan. 7, described Vice President Leni Robredo after she said the administration’s drug war was a “massive failure.”
— Eagle News

889 ‘distressed’ OFWs from Ilocos Region repatriated in 2019
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Ilocos regional office recorded 889 overseas Filipino workers from the region repatriated last year.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte threatens takeover of Manila water firms
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened a government takeover of the capital’s water services unless its two private utilities accept a new contract, his spokesman said Tuesday, an ultimatum experts warned could spook investors.
— CNA

Duterte: PHL won’t deploy troops to Middle East unless demanded by national interest
Amid a brewing conflict in the Middle East, President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday Philippine troops will only be deployed to the Gulf region if the national interest calls for it.
— GMA Network

Iloilo guv calls for review of hazard map
As Typhoon “Ursula” (Phanfone) lashed Iloilo province last month, Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. has sought for a hazard map review to re-identify areas prone to flooding and other dangers.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte vows continued help for PH scientists
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday pledged to push for reforms that will help boost the capability and competency of scientists in the country.
— Philippine News Agency

Road clearing operations resume in Laoag City
Traffic enforcers here have started to clear out major thoroughfares again after the holidays as they towed away illegally parked vehicles to ensure smooth traffic.
— Philippine News Agency

Board OKs P500 monthly wage increase for CL Kasambahays
Regional Wage Board has approved an increase of PhP500 in the monthly minimum wage of household helpers or “kasambahays” in Central Luzon.
— Philippine Information Agency

DOLE to Central Luzon employers: Comply with new wage order
Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded anew employers in Central Luzon to comply with the newly issued wage order for minimum wage earners which took effect last January 1, 2020.
— Philippine Information Agency

Eastern Visayas police destroys banned firecrackers
The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Eastern Visayas has destroyed illegal firecrackers and prohibited pyrotechnic devices confiscated during the holiday season.
— Philippine News Agency

Zambo mayor nixes water rate hike
Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar says she wants the Zamboanga City Water District to forgo its plan to increase the water rate and to utilize existing funds from loans to improve its service.
— Philippine News Agency

Davao Region free from ‘mysterious disease’ from China
There is no reported case of the so-called “mysterious respiratory virus” coming from China in Davao Region, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) said Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Group urges DTI to resolve local sugar prices woes
The Confederation of Sugar Producers (Confed) reiterated its position that importation is not the answer to reported high cost of domestic sugar.
— Philippine News Agency

Families to Duterte gov’t: You killed our loved ones, not the drug problem
Families reiterated their demand for accountability from the Duterte government after a report released by Vice President Leni Robredo showed the dismal performance of the anti-drug campaign.
— Rappler

11 Philippine groups to get Canada Fund backing in 2020
The Embassy of Canada is pleased to announce that 11 organizations from across the Philippines will receive support from the Canada Fund this year.
— Rappler

Filipinos free to file raps vs. water firms: Duterte
President Rodrigo Duterte said he would not stop any Filipino from filing raps against Maynilad and Manila Water over the alleged “onerous” provisions in its concession agreements with the government.
— Philippine News Agency

Antique cops intensify drive vs. loose firearms
The Antique Provincial Police Office (APPO) will again hold a door-to-door campaign this January to boost its campaign against loose firearms this 2020.
— Philippine News Agency

PRRD hits back at Robredo: You’ve done nothing as drug czar
President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday chided Vice President Leni Robredo for claiming that the current administration’s crackdown on illegal drugs is a “massive failure.”
— Philippine News Agency

Bong Go, Imee urges water firms to take new water agreements
Take it or leave it – this was the advice of two administration senators to water concessionaires Maynilad and Manila Water on the new agreements being offered by the administration.
— GMA Network

Sagay City port expansion, ecozone set for completion in Q1
Four major projects, including the port expansion and the development of the economic zone in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, are set for completion in the first quarter of the year.
— Philippine News Agency

DOH tags ‘boga’ as top cause of holiday injuries
The use of “boga” or homemade cannons has been tagged as the most common cause of injuries during the holiday season in Eastern Visayas, the Department of Health (DOH) reported on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Passi City to open sanitary landfill in March
The integrated waste management facility or sanitary landfill in Iloilo’s component city of Passi will be opened in March this year, its mayor said on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

SWS: 78% of Pinoys believe there are ‘ninja cops’ in the PNP
More than half of Filipino adults surveyed by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said they believe that there are “ninja cops” in the police force, according to the fourth quarter 2019 Social Weather Survey released Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Año to BFP personnel: Shun corruption, refuse bribery
Interior Secretary Eduardo Año on Tuesday called on all Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) personnel to avoid being involved in any form of corruption.
— GMA Network

PET must compel Marcos to justify probe of poll docs – VP Robredo
Vice President Leni Robredo asked the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to either junk former Senator Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr.’s election protest or order him to present evidence which justified the technical examination of poll documents from three provinces in Mindanao.
— GMA Network

Duterte creates body to craft evacuation plan for OFWs in Middle East
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the creation of a special working committee to craft a plan for the evacuation of Filipinos in the Middle East should tensions escalate in the region after the killing of Iranian commander Major General Qasem Soleimani.
— Rappler

Here are reforms Robredo wants in Duterte gov’t’s drug war
Vice President Leni Robredo flunked the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte in its fight against illegal drugs in the country.
— Rappler

Kin of OFW killed in Singapore car crash gets OWWA benefits
The family of Arlyn Nucos, one of two overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who died in a car accident in Singapore, has received PHP220,000 from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
— Philippine News Agency

More than 10,000 devotees march with Black Nazarene replicas in Quiapo
Thousands of devotees on Tuesday joined the blessing and procession of Black Nazarene replicas starting from Plaza Miranda in Quiapo.
— GMA Network

Former Sultan Kudarat vice governor shot dead
Motorcycle-riding gunmen shot dead Tuesday the former vice-governor of Sultan Kudarat in an outskirt village in Lambayong town.
— Tempo

Guv orders prompt processing of C. Mindanao airport papers
North Cotabato Governor Nancy A. Catamco has ordered provincial heads of offices to expedite the processing of documents to be submitted to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the opening of the Central Mindanao Airport in M’lang town of the province.
— Philippine News Agency

Zambo Peninsula fetes 11 cops in PNP Ethics Day
The Police Regional Office-9 acknowledges the good deeds of its personnel as it celebrates the 26th Philippine National Police Ethics Day on Monday (January 6).
— Philippine News Agency

Missing girl, 14, found dead in sugarcane farm
Laborers found last Monday a decomposing body of a Grade 8 student, who was reported missing for five days, in a sugarcane plantation in Barangay Binubuhan, Bago City, Negros Occidental.
— Tempo

DSWD assures ample relief goods for typhoon-hit E. Visayass
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has assured on Tuesday that there are enough relief supplies for victims of recent typhoons in Eastern Visayas.
— Philippine News Agency

Duterte names heads of new housing dep’t, space agency
President Rodrigo Duterte has named the respective heads of the Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development (DHSUD) and the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), according to the list of presidential appointees released by the Palace on Tuesday.
— Philippine News Agency

Angkas in danger of possible blacklisting amid violations –TWG
The future of Angkas’s operations could be on the rocks as the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) inter-agency Technical Working Group (TWG) found the company has allegedly violated some provisions in the government’s ongoing pilot study for motorcycle taxis’ viability as a mode of public transport.
— GMA Network

18 hurt in Tondo fire
Eighteen people were injured while around R3 million worth of property went up in smoke when a fire hit a commercial-residential building on Lakandula St. in Tondo, Manila, Tuesday morning.
— Tempo

Engaging in another peace talks with Reds ‘pointless,’ Esperon says
For National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., engaging in another round of peace negotiations with communist rebels is pointless.
— GMA Network

DOLE asks NBI to conduct autopsy on slain OFW in Kuwait
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Tuesday formally asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct an autopsy on the remains of Jeanelyn Villavende.
— Philippine News Agency

Robredo not the best person to judge drugs war – admin senators
Vice President Leni Robredo was not the best person to judge the government’s war on drugs, administration Senators Francis Tolentino and Christopher Bong Go said Tuesday.
— GMA Network

Artist Gabriel Barredo dies at 62
Filipino artist Gabriel Barredo died on Monday, January 6. His niece, Cara Barredo, made the announcement on Facebook. He was 62 years old.
— Rappler

Bacolod reaps awards for highly urbanized city
The City Government of Bacolod was hailed as the 2019 Most Competitive Highly Urbanized City (HUC) in Western Visayas for its economic dynamism and infrastructure pillars.
— Philippine Information Agency

RTWPB pegs Bohol minimum wage at P356
From P338, the Regional Tripartite Wages Productivity Board (RTWPB) approved the implementation of P18 wage increase to peg the minimum wage for private sector workers and employees other than in Tagbilaran to P356.00.
— Philippine Information Agency

PNP to probe unauthorized furlough of Nova Parojinog
The Philippine National Police (PNP) will look into the reported unauthorized furlough of former Ozamiz City vice mayor Nova Princess Parojinog who is facing drug charges.
— GMA Network

After SC loss, LGBT group pins hopes on Congress for same-sex marriage
Members of a group advocating LGBT issues said they would continue pushing for recognition of their rights, including same-sex marriage, this time through legislation in Congress.
— GMA Network

 

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