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Southwest monsoon affecting western section of Luzon: PAGASA

(Eagle News)–The southwest monsoon is affecting the western section of Luzon. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Palawan, as a result, will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Flashfloods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains are possible. Metro Manila, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Zambales, Bataan, Ilocos Region, Calabarzon and the rest of Mimaropa will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms. […]

PBBM suspends ‘duplicative’ results and performance-based incentive systems in gov’t pending review

(Eagle News)–President Bongbong Marcos has ordered the suspension of the Results-Based Performance Management System (RBPMS) and Performance-Based Incentive (PBI) System in government pending their review. In ordering the suspension and review through EO No. 61, the Palace said the RBPMS and PBI System have been duplicative and redundant with the internal and external performance audit and evaluation systems of the government. It added they lacked a review mechanism leading to the accumulation of rules, regulations, […]

PAGASA: Southwest monsoon affecting western sections of Luzon, Visayas

(Eagle News)–The southwest monsoon is affecting the western sections of Luzon and Visayas. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said, as a result, Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan and Palawan will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. Flashfloods or landslides due to moderate to at times heavy rains are possible. Metro Manila and the rest of the country, meanwhile, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and […]

Philippines accuses Chinese boats of ‘dangerous’ actions in high seas medivac

  MANILA, June 7, 2024 (AFP) – As two Philippine vessels meet on the high seas to transfer a sick Filipino soldier, China Coast Guard boats shadow, block and bump them, according to video released by the Philippine Coast Guard on Friday. The incident happened last month during the medical evacuation of a soldier who was stationed on a grounded Philippine Navy vessel on Second Thomas Shoal in the disputed South China Sea. The Philippine […]

PBBM orders 24/7 deployment of Customs, DA teams to ensure continuous shipment process

(Eagle News)–President Bongbong Marcos has ordered the round-the-clock deployment of Bureau of Customs (BOC) and Department of Agriculture (DA) teams to ensure a continuous shipment process nationwide. “In this business, there’s no afterhours. It can – it’s ready 24/7. So, let’s not put an extra team, let’s just keep it running. Whatever you have there in the day, let the same number of people that you have all 24 hours…So three-hour eight shifts,” the President […]

PHL unemployment rate at 4% in April: PSA

(Eagle News)–Unemployment rate in the Philippines slightly rose to 4% in April, according to Philippine Statistics Authority data. The unemployment rate the month before  was pegged at 3.9%. According to the PSA, the April rate translates to 2.04 million unemployed individuals. The employment rate was pegged at 96% or 48.36 million employed persons. By broad industry group, the services sector remained the top sector in terms of the number of employed persons, with a share […]

Torrent of volcanic mudflow hits Philippine village

MANILA, June 5, 2024 (AFP) – Heavy rain washed volcanic mud and debris through a village in the central Philippines on Wednesday, two days after a nearby volcano erupted. Mount Kanlaon on Negros island exploded Monday evening, sending a plume of ash, rocks and gases five kilometres (three miles) into the sky. Images posted on Facebook and verified by AFP on Wednesday show a torrent of grey mud and rocks, known as cold lava flow, […]

53 volcanic quakes monitored at Kanlaon; Alert Level 2 still in place

(Eagle News)–Fifty-three volcanic earthquakes were monitored at Kanlaon in the last 24 hours. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said sulfur dioxide flux was pegged at 4113 tons per day. A plume 2000 meters high was also monitored. PHIVOLCS reiterated the ban on the entry into the four-kilometer permanent danger zone and advised pilots against flying close to the summit. The volcano remains under Alert Level 2.

PHL inflation slightly accelerates to 3.9% in May

(Eagle News)–The Philippines’ headline inflation slightly accelerated to 3.9% in May 2024, the Philippine Statistics Authority said. According to PSA data, this was 0.1 percent higher than the 3.8 percent registered in April. It brings the national average inflation from January to May to 3.5 percent. The PSA said the uptrend in the overall inflation in May was primarily influenced by the higher year-on-year increase in the index of the housing, water, electricity, gas and […]

84 ‘weak low-frequency volcanic earthquake events’ monitored at Kanlaon as of Tuesday noon: PHIVOLCS

(Eagle News)–Eighty-four weak low-frequency volcanic earthquake events were monitored at Kanlaon as of noon on Tuesday, June 4. These came after the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised an Alert Level 2 over the volcano on Monday, June 3, following a “moderately explosive eruption.” PHIVOLCS said the eruption was preceded by a volcano-tectonic event at a depth of 10 kilometers. According to PHIVOLCS, sulfur dioxide emission measured by today’s campaign survey  was at 4113 […]

NEDA Board maintains reduced tariff rates on pork, others

(Eagle News)–The National Economic Development Authority Board has maintained the reduced tariff rates on pork, corn and mechanically-deboned meat. In a statement, the Presidential Communications Office said under the new Comprehensive Tariff Program for 2024 to 2028 approved on June 3, the board, chaired by President Bongbong Marcos, also maintained the tariff cover for  agricultural products such as sugar, onion shallots, broccoli, carrots, cabbage, lettuce, sweet potatoes, cassava, and coffee substitutes, and complete feeds, and […]

Philippines says Chinese boats seized supplies airdropped to Filipino outpost

MANILA, June 4, 2024 (AFP) – The Philippine military said Tuesday that Chinese boats illegally “seized” food and medicine airdropped to a Filipino outpost in the South China Sea. The alleged incident happened on May 19 at Second Thomas Shoal in the Spratly Islands, where Filipino troops are garrisoned on a grounded navy vessel to assert Manila’s claims to the waters. Beijing claims almost the entire South China Sea and there has been a series […]