MANILA, Philippines — Former House speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. has been appointed special envoy of the President to Japan for trade and market access effective Tuesday. He held his seat for three consecutive terms from 1992 to 2001 and was speaker of the House in 2001. He also made Quezon City the most competitive city of Metro Manila and second in the Philippines. In 2008, Quezon City ranked 21st among emerging global outsourcing cities, the highest among nine new entrants. Duterte also appointed Jaime Cruz as special envoy to the People’s Republic of China for trade and investment.
October 16, 2019 16:00 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives is set to honor two Filipino athletes who recently bagged gold medals in gymnastics and boxing world championships. Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco has filed resolutions commending gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo and boxer Nesthy Petecio for their respective achievements. 437, Velasco sought congressional recognition for Yulo for making history and winning the country’s first-ever world championship in gymnastics when he bagged the gold medal in the 49th FIG (Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique) Artistic Gymnastics World Championship in Stuttgart, Germany last Oct. 12. “Yulo’s performance is a true showcase of each and every Filipino athlete’s puso (heart) and will serve as an inspiration for present and future generations of Filipino athletes to aspire for greater success in the world stage,” read the resolution. 438, on the other hand, commended Petecio for winning the gold medal in the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships held in Ulan-Ude, Russia.
October 16, 2019 16:00 UTC
US Embassy to host NASA Space Apps Challenge 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Roy MabasaThe United States Embassy in the Philippines will host its second National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Apps Challenge beginning Friday, October 18, 2019, bringing the global event to Davao and Iloilo provinces. The Space Apps Challenge, which is now on its 8th year, is a NASA-led international hackathon taking place simultaneously in different cities around the world, aiming to address pressing challenges on Earth and in space. More than 18,000 participants from 75 countries gathered in last year’s Space Apps Challenge. It said that the joint effort resulted in the Philippines’ first-ever NASA Space Apps Global Champion, Team iNON, who developed a mobile app enabling fisherfolk to have access to real-time information on weather and sea conditions, even without smartphones or internet access.
October 16, 2019 15:56 UTC
The quakes are fairly common, but they weren’t noticed before because they were considered seismic background noise. The combination of two frightening natural phenomena might bring to mind “Sharknado ,” but stormquakes are real and not dangerous. Storms trigger giant waves in the sea, which cause another type of wave. These secondary waves then interact with the seafloor — but only in certain places — and that causes the shaking, Fan said. Hurricane Ike in 2008 and Hurricane Irene in 2011 set off lots of stormquakes, the study said.
October 16, 2019 15:56 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Gaisano Mall in General Santos City caught fire on Wednesday night following the magnitude 6.3 quake that hit North Cotabato. The fire started around 8 p.m., with the blaze starting at the kitchenware section of the mall, reported DZMM. ADVERTISEMENTOne of the mall’s personnel said that everyone inside the mall was able to evacuate, as firefighters still attempt to put out the fire as of this posting. Intensity IV was recorded in General Santos City during the quake. Phivolcs said the quake was reported at 7:37 p.m., with the epicenter located 23 kilometers southwest of Makilala town in North Cotabato.
October 16, 2019 13:52 UTC
TDF rates continue to decline 0 SHARES Share it! Share TweetBy Lee C. ChipongianBanks bid P114.51 billion of term deposit facility (TDF) offered by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) this week, surpassing the P90-billion volume. During Wednesday’s auction, the 7-day TDF which was offered at P30 billion, attracted P39.18 billion worth of tenders, more than October 9’s P38.63 billion. The 14-day tenor, also offered at P30 billion, received P35.52 billion bids which was smaller than the previous P43.28 billion. The 28-day TDF which has a higher offer size of P30 billion this week, had P39.80 billion bids.
Dominguez stands firm on CITIRA’s 5-year transition 0 SHARES Share it! Dominguez explained the corporate income tax and incentives rationalization (CITIRA) measure is not a DOF bill but a Duterte administration proposal which wants a shorter transition of only five-years. “This is not the DOF bill, this is the administration bill. An administration is everybody who is working for the government,” Dominguez told reporters, noting five-years is what in the CITIRA bill approved by President Duterte. Last month, Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez suggested an extended transition period of up to 10 years to “minimize” job losses.
Zest-O acquiring int’l brand, pursues overseas expansion 0 SHARES Share it! Alfredo Yao, founder and owner of Zest-O, the flagship company of the Yao Group, said they will announce its acquisition in a disclosure at the Philippine Stock Exchange next week. “The high sugar tax has a deep impact on carbonated drinks,” he said noting that Zesto alone also reduced volume by the same 30 percent. This has also affected sales although Zesto has already recovered towards the last quarter last year on higher prices. Yao, a self-made businessman from Tondo starting from a candy factory, turned critical to the government’s imposition of the higher sugar tax stressing that softdrinks are considered a poor man’s drink.
Palay price falls to eight-year low 0 SHARES Share it! During the period, palay prices even dipped to as low as P10/kg in Central Luzon, particularly in Bulacan. In some areas in MIMAROPA, Western Visayas, and ARMM, palay were bought for as low as P11/kg to P12/kg. “The Philippines rice imports have nearly quadrupled, from 800,000 metric tons in 2016 to 3.1 million anticipated for 2019, representing 7 percent of total global rice imports. “While China rice imports continue to shrink, Philippine purchases provide much appreciated reprieve from nearby exporters in Southeast Asia,” it further said.
MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 6.3 earthquake rocked parts of Mindanao on Wednesday evening, with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology saying damage is expected in areas where it was felt at Intensity VII. According to a Phivolcs bulletin, the earthquake was recorded 23 kilometers west of Makilala in North Cotabato at 7:37 p.m. According to the PEIS, "old or poorly-built structures suffer considerably damage" when an earthquake is felt at Intensity VII and "some well-built structures are slightly damaged." The earthquake was recorded at Intensity IV (Very Strong) in General Santos City, where a fire was reported at a shopping mall after the earthquake. Classes have been canceled for Thursday, October 17, in Davao City, which was also affected by the earthquake.
October 16, 2019 13:44 UTC
CAPAS, TARLAC Philippines — In stark contrast to the advocacy of his sister, Sen. Pia Cayetano, who is living separately from her husband, Speaker Alan Cayetano believes that absolute divorce is not the solution to dysfunctional marriages. Despite his personal stand, the House leader said he would not stop any committee from deliberating or holding hearings on controversial bills like the absolute divorce measure. The House leader had asked his colleagues to “act depending on their conscience” on controversial bills, like the proposal to legalize divorce. He said he would conduct a survey among House members on their positions on divorce, federalism and the death penalty. ADVERTISEMENTThe House had approved a divorce bill in the 17th Congress but it reached dead end at the Senate./TSBRead NextLATEST STORIESMOST READ
October 16, 2019 13:41 UTC
According to the international standards adopted by the Philippine Association of Meat Processors, meat products containing pork should be heat-treated or fully cooked. Smoked or cooked pork sausages should be cooked to a core temperature of at least 72 degrees centigrade for at least 40 minutes. “Upon demand by LGU quarantine officials, the Certificate of Product Registration of processed meat products issued by the Food and Drug Administration to the manufacturers may be shown to LGUs. “The experts from the Department of Agriculture have already advised us that if the conditions are met, processed meat is safe. The Philippine Association of Meat Processors Inc. earlier said its members are challenged by the ban on pork products despite the growing demand amid the upcoming Christmas season.
October 16, 2019 13:21 UTC
In a statement, the DOTr said contract packages 4 and 5 of the PNR Clark Phase 2 attracted bidders during the submission of offers last Monday. PNR Clark Phase 2 is a 53-km segment from Malolos, Bulacan to Clark, Pampanga, which forms part of the NSCR. Contract Package 4 consists of the Clark International Airport Station. According to the DOTr, the companies that participated in the bidding were Acciona (Spain), EEI (Philippines), GS Engineering & Construction (Korea), Posco Engineering & Construction (Korea), PT Waskita (Indonesia), and PT Wika (Indonesia). PNR Clark Phase 2 is targeted for partial operations by 2022.
October 16, 2019 13:16 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — A magnitude 6.3 quake shook a large swath of Mindanao Wednesday night, damaging a small college building in one city and prompting residents to dash out of homes and shopping malls in panic, officials said. The shallow quake that centered 23 kilometers southwest of Makilala town in North Cotabato caused power lines to trip, cutting electricity in South Cotabato province. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded the quake at 7:37 p.m. at a shallow depth of two kilometers. The US Geological Survey placed the magnitude of the quake at 6.4. A magnitude 7.7 quake killed nearly 2,000 people in the northern Philippines in 1990.
October 16, 2019 13:06 UTC
MANILA, Philippines — Proper breastfeeding of babies six months and up and knowing what to feed children are some of the ways to combat malnutrition, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday. ADVERTISEMENT“It can assure the nutrition of the child on the first six months,” Calibo added. “Now when during the first six months, that’s where the problem arises,” Calibo went on, speaking in Filipino. The caregiver or the grandparents who take care of the child, sometimes they do not have time too. Sometimes, they resort to quick-fix solutions, those that are fast.”He advised health practitioners to guide children on what to eat during the early stages.
October 16, 2019 12:33 UTC